Posted By: Abdulgafar Alabelewe,
A committee to draft the White Paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Kaduna State government to probe the clashes between members of the Shi’ites Movement and the Nigerian Army has commenced work.
The nine-man panel chaired by Adamu Mohammed Mansur, the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, is expected to submit a draft paper on the incident within the two weeks.
It would be recalled that, the commission of inquiry which probed the December 12-14 incidents in Zaria, had on 15 July submitted its report to Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
Receiving the report, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai said that the Kaduna State Government will study the report and make the issue a White Paper promptly to convey its decisions on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.
A statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan said, other members of the White Paper Drafting Committee are: Hauwa U. Umar Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Bari’atu Yusuf Mohammed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport, Ibrahim Sambo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Local Government and Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services.
They also include: Aisha Kumbo Mohammed Permanent Secretary, Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Ambisa Adze Jonah, Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission, Barrister M.I Aliyu, Ministry of Justice and Alexander K. Sule, Office of the Secretary to the State Government.
The terms of reference guiding the committee is to study the recommendations of the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash between a Detachment of the Nigerian Army and Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and produce a white paper on the report.
It is also expected to make any other recommendation(s) that will assist government in addressing issues raised in the report.
The committee is expected to conclude the task and submit a report to the government within two weeks from its first day of sitting.
Image: Governor of Kaduna, el-Rufai in middle