Niger governor sets up panel on Maza-kuka killings


Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State

Niger governor to unravel perpetrators of Maza-Kuka killings

By Mohammed Usman

Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has set up a four-man Whitepaper Committee to critically look into the report of the State Judicial Commission of inquiry into killings, abduction and injury in Maza-Kuka, Adogon Mallam, Kulho and environs with a view to ensuring justice for all the victims.

Governor Sani Bello at the Government House Minna yesterday described the killings as heartless, stressing, “Nobody has the right to kill another person for whatsoever reasons.

“What happened or what is happening in some parts of Niger State is uncalled for. No body has the right to take someone’s life for whatever reason. As long as there is no justice there will be no peace”.

Besides, he directed the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, and the state Attorney General, Nasara Danmallam, to ensure quick submission of the white report.

The governor said that the Whitepaper Committee was to be chaired by Dr. Jonathan Wasa, the permanent secretary, Youth, while Mohammed Wachiko, the permanent secretary, Investment; and Ibrahim Bala, the permanent secretary, Human Resources, are to serve as members. Shafi’u Zakari, the director, Office of the Secretary to State Government is to be the secretary of the committee.

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry’s report was earlier submitted  by its Chairman, Justice Danladi Ahmed, who said that the commission in the course of the assignment given to them received 10 memoranda.

The committee chairman stated: “The committee had 50 witnesses that testified,  while 137 exhibits were admitted as evidence.”.

Justice Ahmed highlighted some of the commission’s recommendations to include  a Peace and Reconciliation Committee in Mashegu Local Government Area to engage with the residents of the affected communities with a view to to finding a lasting peace.

Other recommendations by the Commission is for a total overhauling and proper organisation of the Vigilante Corps at the local level, and  compensation for damages and losses be paid to victims of the attack.

The commission also  recommended that those suspected and identified in the attacks be handed over  to the Commissioner of Police for further investigation and prosecution among others.

Justice Ahmed thanked the governor and other relevant agencies for the support given to them to ensure the success of their assignment.

Recall that Governor Bello had on November 3, 2021 set up a Judicial Panel to look into conflicting reports on attacks by armed men in Mazakuka, Adogon Mallam, Kulho among others communities in Mashegu local government area where lives and properties worth several millions of Naira were destroyed and many others abducted.


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