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Ile-ife Clash: Commission of Enquiry calls for public memorandum

By Nofisat Marindoti, The Nigerian Voice, Osogbo
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The Judicial Panel of Enquiry set up by the Osun State government to investigate the March 8 mayhem in Ile-Ife and headed by Justice Manshood Adeigbe has called on the members of the public to submit memoranda that would help in its investigation.

This was contained in a statement signed by the commission's secretary, Bisi Babalola.

Last month, the Osun State Police Command paraded 20 suspects arrested in connection with the crisis.

But criticism trailed the police’s investigation especially the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) who has persistently alleged that all the suspects arrested so far were Yoruba’s.

This prompted the government to set up an independent panel to investigate the cause of the clash and recommend appropriate sanctions, compensations and measures to prevent future occurrences.

The panel called on the public to submit their memoranda on or before April 10 at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall in Ile-Ife.

Its added that all memoranda must be signed and contain the name, address and telephone numbers of their writers.

The statement reads in part, “All memoranda shall be clearly typed and have introduction of the subject matter, statement of facts on the subject matter, issues from statement of facts for determination, arguments in support of the issue and relief being sought.”

Babalola said the panel has an objective to investigate the immediate causes of the violence to prevent future occurrences.