Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike, inaugurated two separate Judicial Commissions of Inquiry on Thursday.
- To investigate the violence, killings and other related matters which occurred during the February 23 and March 9, 2019 general elections in Rivers State.
- To investigate the violent invasion and attack on the Rivers state Judiciary and destruction of public properties which occurred at the Judiciary Complex on 11 May, 2018.
Terms of reference for the commissions:
- They both had similar terms, to investigate the causes, identify the sponsors and perpetrators of the violence and killings, identify the victims of the violence, including those killed etc.
To lead the commissions are Justice Monina Danagogo (Election Violence) and Justice Simeon C. Amadi (invasion and attack on the Rivers State Judiciary Complex).
- The two commissions have a timeline of 30 days to present their findings.
Why it matters: Rivers state endured arguably the worst elections in this cycle with heavy militarisation, intimidation, violence and other malpractices commonplace. It is currently the only state yet to know the winners of its governorship and state assembly elections. An investigation into this issue is welcome.
- However, setting up these commissions have become all too frequent in Rivers state. The outcome is usually politicised and actions not taken.
No Public Protests: Meanwhile, the Rivers government has announced a ban on all public protests in the state until further notice. Security agencies have been given a directive to enforce the ban in the interest of public peace and order, according to a statement by the information commissioner, Emma Okah.