Ogun sets up commission of enquiry on Ado-Odo crisis

By DAUD OLATUNJI

ABEOKUTA — YESTERDAY, about a week after a traditional ruler in Ado-Odo in Ado-Odo-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State was attacked and stripped naked, the state government has constituted a Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the crisis.

The government, which made this known through a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the Commission had six weeks to submit its report.

Adeoluwa said the Chairman and members of the Commission were expected to function within the powers conferred on them by Section 7 of the Commission of Inquiry Law of Ogun State.

It will be recalled that there was pandemonium last Monday in Ado-Odo, when a traditional ruler of the town, Oba Lateef Adeniran, was attacked and stripped naked in public by some hoodlums.

According to the government, “the constitution of the commission is in fulfillment of its earlier promise to find a lasting solution to the crisis which broke out in Ado-Odo community on the April 14 and 15.

“The Judicial Commission has as its Chairman Hon. Justice Elizabeth Osinuga. Other members are Immam Soliu Abanigbe, Elder Samuel Agogo, Prophet J. O. Alabode, while Mr. Johnson Ojo is to serve as its Secretary.

“The Terms of Reference of the Commission are: to establish the remote and immediate causes of the April 14 and 15 Ado-Odo crisis.

“To identify individuals, groups of persons and institutions directly or indirectly responsible for the unrest and their roles in precipitating the unrest and recommend appropriate sanctions.

“To ascertain the extent of loss of lives and damage to property and to recommend ways of avoiding the re-occurrence of such unrest in future and to make any other recommendations incidental to the Commission’s terms of reference.”

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