August 21, 2011 – Olusegun Mimiko Promise To End Communal Clashes in Ondo State
BY DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE—GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State weekend said his administration would find lasting solution to the perennial communal crises in the state.
Receiving the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Arigidi Akoko and Imoru/Arimogija communal disturbances, the governor assured that the Government would soon issue a White Paper on the outcome of the probe.
According to him, “Matters of chieftaincy and ancillary issues are always complex and sensitive. I, therefore, want to reiterate that for us, the course of the law will not be hindered because of the sensitivity and emotional attachments of the people of the affected communities. We will not allow the report to stay on the shelf as government will soon come up with a White Paper and actionable plans to bring lasting peace to the affected communities.”
Submitting the report, Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye, said, “the Commission carried out the assignment with transparency and openness it deserved and we did not allow extraneous facts or factors to influence our findings and recommendations. This Commission faced no interference, persuasion, molestation or inducement in whatever form from government or anybody for that matter and we declare that this reports are products of our free thoughts and decisions.”
Since the affected people are now fed up with the perennial crises in their communities, they are already looking up to government to come out strongly with permanent solutions to the disturbances.”
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry was set up by Mimiko in March to look into causes of communal disturbances at Arigidi Akoko in Akoko North West and Imoru/Arimogija in Ose Local Government Areas respectively which led to loss of lives and properties.