By Nathan Nwakamma
#TrackNigeria: The Bayelsa Government has inaugurated a six-member Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the electoral violence that characterised the Presidential and National Assembly elections in parts of the state.
The Chairman of the commission is Justice Inieakadi Eradiri and Dr. Richard Ogbe will serve as the Secretary while Mrs Felicia Olisah, a retired Deputy Commissioner of Police is a member.
Other members are Churchere Komonibo, a retired Chief Superintendent of Police and Archbishop Jacob Akpiri while Prof. Festus Emiri is Counsel to the commission
Dickson described the crisis that marred the election in parts of the state as unfortunate and expressed his determination to bring the perpetrators to book.
He said that the panel would identify the perpetrators and sponsors of the violence and determine the number and identity of persons that were injured or killed during the elections.
According to him, the commission is equally mandated to ascertain the roles played by the perpetrators and sponsors of the violence that led to loss of lives and destruction of property.
Other terms of reference for the commission were to determine the roles played by security agencies and their officers and men that were involved in the violence.
Dickson urged observers and those who had complaints, video clips, recordings and any other vital information to forward them to the judicial panel.
“I use this opportunity to call for peace. Do not take the laws into your hands because two wrongs do not make a right.
“Let me make it clear that the commission will not go into the election but will only concern itself with the issues leading to the breakdown of law and order.” Dickson said. (NAN)