Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, investigating the Jos sectarian violence of November, 28, last year Prince Bola Ajibola has condemned a memo presented by an international non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Watch describing it as lopsided.
The report was presented by the organisation Research officer in the country.
Meanwhile, Barrister Charles Obisanya, the Commission’s lead counsel has insisted that the Research Officer, and a lawyer, Mr. Eric Ctuttschuss procured. “You were procured to do what you did”, the counsel maintained. The researcher, who told the commission he is an American, had, while presenting his memo No. JCI/J/47/2009, insisted that the Hausa-Fulani in the state were discriminated against, leading to the riots.
Besides, he alleged that over 118 persons were “arbitrarily” killed by soldiers and police in Jos. Subjected to rigorous cross-examination Ctuttschuss exhibited inconsistencies in his responses to the questions put to him.
Though, he explained that he was not in Jos during the violence, but he said 118 people were extra-judiciously executed by soldiers and police. He however, added that he got his information from people he interviewed, most of them Muslims. The research officer, who mainly gathered his information from Hausa-Fulani Moslems, stated that 73 Moslem youths were killed outside Fatima Cathedral, Jos, by soldiers.
In a sharp contradiction, he stated that some persons may have impersonated soldiers and police, to commit the havoc.
According to him, the cause of almost all crises in the country, stemmed from discrimination against non-indigenes.
The audience was stunned when Ctuttschuss alleged that it was only the Hausa-Fulani dominated grain market in Katako that was destroyed. This statement caused a high degree of murmuring among the audience.
The plank section of the market was gutted by fire, while a second generation bank near the section was to be gutted, but for intervention of some people.
The Chairman, who could not hide his feelings, told the witness. “You have not done a forensic work.
Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov
Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.
LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN
Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.
Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities
The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.
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