More than 534 persons, including security personnel, were killed
during different ethnic clashes in Nasarawa between December 2012 and
September 2013, the Justice Joseph Gbadeyan Judicial Commission of
Inquiry has said.
Gbadeyan is the Chairman of the Judicial Commission into the Killing
of Security Personnel at Alakyo village in Lafia in May 2013.
Submitting the commission’s report to Gov. Umaru Al-Makura, Gbadeyan
said properties worth over N2.3 billion were destroyed during the
crises, adding that 40 persons sustained various degrees of injury.
According to him, the casualties included members of the Nigeria
Police Force and the Department of State Services (DSS), adding that
there were no available evidences on 143 others who were allegedly
He said that the commission received 22 memoranda from individuals,
groups and communities and took evidences from 89 witnesses during its
He also said that 65 exhibits were tendered and admitted by the
commission during the sittings.
Gbadeyan commended the support of the state government and all
stakeholders to the success of the assignment.
He expressed hope that the findings and recommendations of the
commission would ensure justice and peaceful co’existence among all
ethnic groups in the state.
Receiving the six-volume report, Al-Makura thanked the commission for
a job well done, and assured that the report would be studied with a
view to implementing its recommendations.
Al-Makura explained that the setting up of the commission became
imperative following the killing of scores of security personnel and
the incessant clashes in the state.
He said that the aim was to bring perpetrators of the killings to book
to serve as deterrent to others, and to also dispel the aspersion
being cast on the image of the state.
‘No stone would be left unturned in the implementation of the
commission’s recommendations,’ he said.
Nasarawa State Government inaugurated the nine-member Judicial
Commission of Inquiry on June 26, 2013
The commission was to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the
crises that led to the killing of scores of security personnel in
Alakyo village in Lafia on May 7, 2013.
The commission conducted its public sitting between July 22 and Nov.
11, 2013. [NAN]