Leadership (Abuja)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: Governor Inaugurates Commission of Enquiry On Communal Crisis

Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state has inaugurated an 8-man Commission of Enquiry to ascertain the remote cause of the November's ethnic clash in Agyaragu, Obi Local Government Area.

Al-Makura in Lafia on Friday, said the administration was committed to creating an environment where sustainable peace and tranquility would prevail.

He said the commission would look into the immediate and remote causes of the ethnic clash with the aim of finding a lasting solution.

"I need to reiterate that it is the responsibilities of government to protect the lives and property of its citizens, and also to create the needed enabling environment for development to take place.

"Accordingly, I wish to make it abundantly clear that this administration will not relent in its efforts towards discharging this onerous task," Al-Makura said.

He explained that the panel would amongst others, ascertain the degree of loss of lives and property; identify persons or groups involved in the disturbance and their mode of operations; as well as apportion blame and recommend appropriate punishment.

The governor stressed that communal crises should not be allowed to become the trademark of the state.

He called on all people of goodwill to condemn the recent violence clashes between the Eggons and Migili ethnic groups.

Al-Makura said the commission was expected to complete its assignment and submit report within three weeks.

Responding, the Chairman of the commission, Justice Ridwan Maiwada, assured the governor and people that they would carry out their assignment with the fear of God in the interest of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that violence erupted between the Eggon and Migili ethnic nationalities last month at Agyaragu in Obi local government area of the state.

The crisis left so many people dead and properties worth million of naira destroyed. (NAN)

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