Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, yesterday, inaugurated two judicial commissions of inquiry to investigate clashes in three local government areas of the state.
The Justice Mohammed Mohammed-led panel is to investigate the recent military/communal clash in Kpadina village and environs in Bosso Local Government Area, where 11 soldiers and seven members of the communities were killed.
The Justice Abdullahi Mikail panel will investigate the immediate and remote causes of civil disturbances that occurred in May this year in Pandogari, Rafi Local Government Area; Lamba village near Tunga Mallam in Paikoro Local Government Area and in Barkuta village, Bosso Local Government Area.
Each of the panels has seven members and have eight weeks to submit their reports. Inaugurating the panels, Governor Bello assured that government would not interfere in the activities of the panels, assuring, however, of government’s full support.
He said: “I will like to assure you of government’s support. Government will not interfere in any way in your investigations or inquiries and if someone comes to you and say Mr. Governor said this or that, please know it is not from me. ”