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NIGERIA: Al-Makura Manipulated Report in Nasarawa, Says Ewuga

The senator representing Nasarawa North senatorial district, Senator Solomon Ewuga, yesterday accused Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura of deliberately manipulating the report of Commission of Inquiry, which sat on last year’s Alakyo killings in the state to indict him and his people in Eggon community.
 
The crisis led by a cult group, Ombatse Cultural Group, claimed the lives of over 60 security operatives in the state.
 
Ewuga, an Eggon leader, while addressing journalists at a news conference at the National Assembly yesterday, dismissed the Justice Joseph Fola Gbadeyan-led Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the Alakyo killings of May 7, 2013 as fraudulent.
The commission had in its report, accused the senator of involvement in the bloody crises, which took place in Alakyo.
 
Ewuga, who said he had not seen the white paper, noted that “for the governor to have read the six-volume paper and swiftly emerged with appropriate punishment within two days, indicated that it was premeditated.”
 
He expressed surprise that a panel, which merely invited him as a witness and not as an accused person could find him guilty of an offence without giving him the opportunity of fair hearing.
 
“I have not seen the white paper and the panel’s recommendation but whatever my response is today is based on what I saw in the media, first on (Africa Independent Television) AIT on Monday and then, on the pages of the newspapers on Tuesday.
“The report was handed in on Friday and it is a six-volume report. For the fact that the white Ppper is already out indicates a premeditation because it was an ingenuous thing to have read those volumes and to decipher the appropriateness of the punishment or otherwise within two days.
 
“Secondly, I was invited as a witness to the panel, not as an accused and I was not availed of any cross-examination of purported accusation against me, which you know by virtue of the provision of the constitution, breaches my fundamental rights to fair hearing.
“To my understanding of the issues, my invitation as a witness was supposed to establish the credibility or otherwise of what I know within my purview of the event related to whatever circumstance the Ombatse is involved in.”
 
While absolving himself of the allegation of financing the activities of Ombatse Cultural Group, Ewuga alleged that he was only being persecuted because of his rising political clout in the state as well as his recent decision to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC)  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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