Bayelsa sets up commission to probe election violence

Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State(Governor)Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State has inaugurated a six-man judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the violence in the December 5 and 6 governorship election in the state. Dickson said that he relied on Section 2 (1) of the Commission of Inquiry Law, Cap 8 Laws of Bayelsa State of Nigeria 2006 to institute the judicial commission.

“This is the first commission of inquiry my government is setting up and that tells everyone the seriousness of the issues that the commission has been empaneled to deal with”, the governor said.

Margret Akpomiemie, chairperson of the commission, enjoined the public to come up with concrete and substantiated facts about the violence. “We need all that we need to carry out our activities effectively. This is a commission and not a high cost presided over by one judge. We are prepared to serve the public conscientiously,” Akpomiemie said. Other members of the commission are: Brig.-Gen. Bob Ake (retd.), Dr. (Mrs.) Victoria Abah Tekena, Mrs. Martha Akpana, Mr. Abraham Lord Ekiamene and Mr. Tamadu Abasi (counsel for the commission).

By Dike Onwuamaeze

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