COMMUNAL DISPUTES : GOV SANI-BELLO ASSURES OF PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello on Wednesday said his administration would continue to ensure peaceful communal coexistence of the people in the state.

He gave the assurance in his office in Minna, when he received the report of the committee of enquiry set up to investigate the boundary dispute between communities in Katcha and Mokwa Local Government Areas of the state.

The Governor who said that the state government would ensure the implementation of the findings, observations and recommendations made from the investigation also expressed confidence in the committee stating that members of the committee do not have any vested interest in either of the communities .

“We have received the report, we will look at it, study it especially the findings, observations and recommendations which to me are the most important aspect of the report.

We have to go by the findings, observations, recommendations and ensure implementation without fear or favour.
“The members of the commission do not have any vested interest in any of the groups or communities. So I believe they did their assignment to the best of their ability with the fear of God”.

He described the incidence as the most important inquiry his administration has ever been confronted with and expressed optimism that the investigation gathered and the recommendations made would bring lasting solution to the crises.

Governor Sani-Bello further appealed to those that the report may not favour to be patient and accept it as an act of God as nobody would deliberately want to trample on anyone’s right.

The Governor then commended the members of the committee for their time and effort in carrying out the enquiry to the best of their ability and to have come up with the findings and recommendations. Adding that history would forever remember them if their investigation is able to provide lasting solution to the problem.

Earlier, the Chairperson of the committee, Justice Maria Ismail disclosed that the 7 man committee set up in May 2018 with the mandate to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the crises arising from the conflict between the conflicting communities of Katcha and Kede communities of Katcha and Mokwa local government Areas of the state.

According to her, the committee had on the spot accessment of the disputed area and came up with report structured in 3 volumes.

The Chairperson of the committee then called on government to ensure the implementation of the the report as it will help in resolving the conflict between the two communities.

Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary
8th August 2018

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