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Osun panel on Ile-Ife crisis receives 104 memoranda

A picture taken on April 5, 2017 shows vendors hawk their wares as normalcy returns after clashes between Hausa community and ethnic Yoruba people of Ile-Ife in southwest Nigeria. Last month an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa trader triggered a bloody conflict that left 46 people dead, around 100 injured and houses razed to the ground, according to the police. / AFP PHOTO / Bisi-Hotline ADEFISAYO

Osun Judicial Panel of Inquiry into the Disturbance of Peace at Sabo Area, Ile-Ife, set up by Governor Rauf Aregbesola has commenced sitting and received 104 memoranda from victims.

Mr Bisi Babalola, the Secretary to the panel, made this known while briefing newsmen at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Enuwa, in Ile-Ife on Wednesday. He said Gov. Aregbesola set up the panel for truth and justice.

He said he gave them four weeks to work on the memorandum, as well as submit the report and recommendations which would be based on the remote cause of the fracas.

Babalola said if time permitted, the report would be ready within the stipulated time, otherwise, the governor would give them more time to accomplish the set goal. He said the sitting would be on a daily basis.

The Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ife Branch, Mr Muritala Agboola, commended the governor for setting up the committee and confirmed that the committee has been doing fine.

Agboola said the panel had started sitting, while people have been lodging complaints on their lost property: houses and shops set ablaze during the crisis.

“The panel was set up to get the remote cause of the fracas of March 8, between Yoruba and Hausa community and complainants have been coming to present their memo.

“We will work together as a team, to guide the petitioners, to do cross-examinations and re-examinations,” the NBA chairman said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the panel had attended to no fewer than 20 complainants.



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