Bayelsa raises panel to probe Opu-Nembe killings

By Daniels Igoni

The Bayelsa State government, on Tuesday, inaugurated a six-member Judicial Panel of Enquiry to look into the February 15 violence in Nembe-Bassambiri community that resulted in the deaths of three persons from the area.

The probe is coming about six months after the incident occurred.

The panel is chaired by a former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Margaret Akpomiemie (retd.), while a representative of the state Ministry of Justice, Mr Diepreye Omubo, will serve as secretary. Other members are Chief Fedude Zimughan, Mrs Josephine Igodo, Love Amaseimogha, and a representative of the National Human Rights Commission, Bayelsa office, Vining  Goselle.

The panel has three weeks to complete its work, including the submission of report of its findings to government for appropriate action.

Inaugurating the judicial panel at the Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Douye Diri said their brief was to carefully look into the remote and immediate causes of the disturbances in Nembe-Basambiri that led to the February 15 killings.

Diri, who was represented at the ceremony by his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, said the chairman and members of the panel were carefully chosen based on their pedigree and wealth of experience, to deliver on the critical assignment.

A statement by the deputy governor’s media aide, Mr Doubara Atasi, said, “We are going to unearth the cause of the death and those responsible for the killings. This is necessary because every life is important.”

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