Wike inaugurates panel to probe Rivers election violence

Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has set up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe all forms of violence which occurred during 2019 general elections in the state.

The governor also set up a separate panel to investigate May 11, 2018 attack launched at the state judiciary complex in Port Harcourt.

Wike commissioned both panels on Thursday at the Government House in Port Harcourt.

They are to submit their reports in 30 days.

Wike told the panel on election violence which would be working with 10 terms of reference:  “Identify the sponsors and perpetrators of the various acts of violence and killings in the state during the period of the aforesaid elections. Identify the victims of the violence, including those killed during the said elections.

“Identify the motives, if any, behind the said violence, killings and other related acts/matters during the aforesaid general elections in the state.”

To the commission on state judiciary attack, Wike said they would be working with 14 terms of reference.

He said: “Identify the persons who participated in, masterminded, counselled or procured others to participate in the violent invasion, attack, disruption of activities of the Rivers State Judiciary and destruction of public properties.

“Identify and ascertain the targets of the said invasion, violence and disruption of activities at the Rivers State Judiciary Complex on the aforementioned date.”