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Soludo Receive 17-man Truth, Peace, and Justice Committee Reports: To Identify Remote Causes Of Agitations, Violence, Struggle In The South East Since 1999

The Truth, Justice and Peace Commission, set up by the Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, to look into the crises of agitation, restiveness, violence, and struggles in south-east Nigeria, today submitted its inception report.

The report was submitted at the Exco Chamber, Government House, Awka.

Giving a background to the report, Chairman of the Commission, Professor Chidi Anselm Odinkalu explained that the inception of the report provides a framework of diagnosis for the crises of agitation, violence and victimisation in South East Nigeria.

He said the commission considered this as critical for informed understanding of the context, scope, actors and typologies of violent conflict prevalent in the state and as a foothold into the region.

He revealed that the report paints a clear picture that the narrative of the present agitation and violence in the states of the South East is quite complex and not amenable to a single narrative.

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Professor Odinkalu presented the interim recommendations to include; a whole-Of-Government Strategy that locates atrocity violence within a Public Health framework, a Bureau of Missing Persons within the Ministry of Justice or of Security and Homeland Affairs to document the missing and the disappeared.

Others are: Professionalization and effective co-ordination of vigilante services in the state, institutionalizing deliverables for the Ministry of Security and Homeland Affairs, establishing an Anambra Integrated Civic Surveillance System as well as establishing an Anambra State Safety and Environmental Commission.

Professor Odinkalu indicated that with the Governor’s approval, the commission will undertake public hearings after the election cycle. He however, asked for extension of time duration to conclude their report.

Responding, Governor Soludo thanked the Chairman and members of the Commission for the good job done so far and also approved their request to extend time for the conclusion and submission of their final report until the end of 2023.

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The Governor said that he will give the report urgent and serious consideration, even before their final report comes and requested the Attorney-General, Professor Sylvia Ifemeje, who is a member of the Commission, to table the report for consideration at the next meeting of the Executive Council.

He expressed happiness that the Commission was able to distinguish the agitation from the criminality which has sadly become lucrative in the region.

Concluding, the Governor pointed out that he is doing everything that will turn the region to a prosperous and liveable homeland on a sustainable basis.

Earlier, the Secretary of the Commission, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu read out a summary of the Commission’s work and later presented same to the Governor on behalf of the Commission.

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Introducing the Commission, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, recalled that at inception of the present administration, restiveness in the state and the South East was the order of the day, explaining that in order to pursue his development agenda, the Governor set up the Commission to establish the remote and immediate causes of restiveness in the state and the region since 1999.

Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi; Head of Service, Barrister Theodora Igwegbe mni, Chief Protocol to the Governor, Mr. Chinedu Nwoye; Commissioner for Town Union and Local Government Matters, Mr. Tony Collins Nwabunwanne; and Commissioner for Special Duties, Barr. Sly Ezeokenwa, among others, attended the event.

By Christian ABURIME

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