MISSING N70 BILLION: Protest Greets Commission of Enquiry’s Inaugural Meeting

Some placard carrying youths, yesterday, protested against the Katsina State Commission of Inquiry describing it as misplacement of priority and illegal.

The youths, in their hundreds, held placard with different inscription condemning the setting up of the commission and attempted to storm the Local Government Service Commission Conference Hall venue of the commission’s sitting but were prevented by security operatives.

Some of the placards had inscription which reads: “APC Commission of Inquiry”, “ Accuser-APC, Prosecutor-APC, Judge-APC, where is the Justice” and “Political Commission of Inquiry.”

Our correspondent reports that the protest came barely few hours after the Commission of Inquiry constituted by Katsina State government to ascertain losses incurred by the state from 2011 to May 2015, commenced its inaugural sitting.

Speaking during the inaugural sitting, the commission’s chairman, Justice Muhammad Ibrahim Suraj said the commission was yet to recieve memoranda, assuring that fairness and strict adherance to law would be the guiding principle.

Suraj said the commission swore to do justice and would adhere strictly by doing its work “without sentiments, fear, favour, ill-will and in accordance with the law”.

“We will do our work fairly and fearlessly and will strive to adhere to the spirit and letters of the oaths we have sworn to” he enthused adding that any document brought before the commission would be admitted.

Justice Suraj assured that whoever is accused would be given the chance to defend his or herself and enjoined counsels to cooperate with the commission.

However, a mild drama ensued when the lead counsel to the opposition PDP, Aliyu Ahmed, leading five other lawyers, introduced his team as counsel “to the guilty people”.

Ahmed told the commission that his team would not hesitate to challenge anything done by the commission or its counsel that is outside the law.                    It could be recalled that KATSINA POST has reported that the commission of enquiry will have their inaugural meeting on Tuesday (yesterday).

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