Rivers Inaugurates Panel To Probe Assembly Crisis

Following the chaos and pandemonium that swept through the Rivers State House of Assembly last week, the state government on Monday set up an eight-member judicial panel to probe the event.

Members of the panel include Justice B. A. Georgewill as Chairman, and Mr. Barinua Keenam, secretary. Other members include Mr. Baribura Gbaragbo, Chief Goddy Agbaraosimini, Mr. Iboroma Aksana, Mr. Ejike Iwediba, Chief Desmond Nwosu, and Mrs. Asivosuo Oriye.

The state’s deputy governor, Mr. Tele Ikuru, represented Governor Chibuike Amaechi, while inaugurating the panel, said the panel should investigate the immediate and remote causes of the crisis which engulfed the state House of Assembly on Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10.

He said the panel should ascertain the number of people injured and the property destroyed in the crisis. He further asked the panel to identify persons involved directly or indirectly in the crisis and make appropriate recommendations. The panel, he said, should also submit its recommendations to the state government on or before October 15.

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