Rivers Rerun Killings: Commission Promises Fair Hearing


The Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the state government to investigate the killings and other violent acts and related matters that occurred during the March 19, 2016 re-run elections in the state says it will be fair to all parties involved.
The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Monima W. Danagogo gave this indication during the inaugural session of the panel at the block C wing of the state Judiciary complex in Port Harcourt, Monday.
Justice Danagogo stated that the commission was not set up to witch hunt anybody but rather to find out whether there were killings, those killed and those responsible, and make recommendations to the state government.
He promised to be fair to everybody involved, and sought the cooperation of members of the society to enable the commission deliver on its mandate.
Meanwhile, three affected Journalists, Mr. Martins Giadom, (Radio Rivers) Sotonye Jamaica, (Garden City Radio) and Leuman Barididlum, (Rhythm FM), who appeared before the panel, yesterday have appealed to the state government for assistance to enable them recover from the losses they suffered during the March 19, 2016 re-run election in the state.
They made this appeal while, giving their evidence during cross examination by the panel yesterday.
The journalists, who took over four hours to narrate their ordeals in the hands of  Bunu-Tai youth in Tai Local Government Area of the state while they were monitoring the inconclucive re-run elections in the area, added that they survived the attacks because of the mercy of God.
The Journalists were allegedly attacked at Bunu-Tai Community in Tai Local Government Area while on Election duty on March 19, 2016.
Taking the lead, Mr. Martin Giadom of Radio Rivers told the 5-Man Committee that the youth of the community attacked them on the day of the election even when they were aware that they were journalists, adding that the youth beat them, up, vandalized their vehicles, and dispossessed them of all their valuables, including undisclosed amount of money.
He disclosed that they lost over N10 million properties, and other valuables, and appealed to the state government to come to their assistance.
Corroborating the evidence of Mr. Giadom, Mr. Sotonye Jamaica of Garden City Radio described the situation as a mob attack, adding that they were beaten with dangerous objects.
Also speaking, counsel to the journalists, Barr. High Kings said that what his clients were seeking for was justice as well as compensation.
The sitting continues today.