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NikkiTobbiReportWhitepaper

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WHITE PAPER ON THE REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL COMMISSION OFINQUIRY INTO THE CIVIL DISTURBANCES IN JOS AND ITS ENVIRONS,SEPTEMBER 2002ACKNOWLEDGMENT
It is usual in assignment of this nature to thank those who worked and assistedin one way or the other for the successful completion of the assignment. Apart from thedesire on my part to fulfil this tradition, I feel compelled to do so in this regard becauseof the very valuable contributions by persons particularly the members of theCommission and the supporting staff who spent all their time in ensuring that theReport was out on time.I want to first thank my colleagues on the Commission, living and dead, for thewonderful cooperation I received from them in the work of the Commission. I foundeach and everyone of them most able and enduring. I do not think I should have gotbetter persons for the assignment anywhere in the State.My next thanks go to Mr. John G. Gobak, the pioneer Secretary of theCommission, now Commissioner for Special Duties for setting up a sound Secretariatfor the Commission. Mr. Ibrahim M. Sale took over from Mr. Gobak when the latterwas appointed Commissioner for Special Duties. Although relatively a young officer,Mr. Ibrahim Sale did an excellent job. He is one very honest youngman. He was ablyassisted by Mr. P.P. Deshi and Mr. Dan B. Tenshak, who also deserve so much of mythanks.My thanks also go to the Registry staff led by Mr. Mark Mallan, including Mr.Harry Selbar and Mr. Jeffrey Manto Jatau. I must say a very big THANK YOU to theSecretaries and the Computer Anlaysts, Mr. James Gado Chinge, Mrs. Lydia Salba,Mrs. Lami Dumshaka, Mrs. Tani Sabo and Mr. Patrick Ajijelek the Photocopieroperator. I am most grateful to Chinge, Salbe and Sabo for keeping the Commission’ssecrets secret. That the Report did not leak is so much to their credit.My thanks also go to the drivers who served on the Commission. They are Mr.Philimon Dakyes, Mr. Cletus Baba, Mr. Alex Adi, Mr. Balat Gyang, Mr. GershonDanladi, Mr. Zakaria Isa. I also extend my thanks to other support staff of theCommission, including Mr. David Dazang, Mrs. Magdalene Babale, Mr. Justin
 
 2Soghum, Hajiya Hadiza Adamu, Mr. Fabien Fottiem, Mr. Fabian Shapvel and Mr.Yakubu Pam.I must not forget to thank counsel who appeared before the Commission for theassistance we received from them. Here mention should be made specifically of theleading counsel to the Commission, Mr. Garba Pwul and his team, Pascal Mamoh andAbdul Haruna. I am also very grateful to all other counsel who represented thedifferent interest groups. I enjoyed their loyalty not only to their clients but also theCommission. I would like to place on record that no counsel saw the need to seek redress in the High Court against the Commission. That is most commendable and Icommend Counsel accordingly.It will be stupid on my part not to thank the witnesses who appeared before theCommission for the evidence they gave. Although some did not tell the Commissionthe truth, the assisted in the truth searching process of the Commission. My thanks alsogo to the audience who spent time in the Commission to listen to the proceedings on adaily basis.It is worthy to put on record the marvelous contributions of the Press, the Policemost especially, the MOPOL Unit of the Nigeria Police Command, Plateau State, theState Security Services (SSS), the C.I.B and many others that are too numerous tomention for their invaluable contributions to the work of the Commission.Finally, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Government of PlateauState for the support the Commission received for the performance of its work. Thepeople of Plateau State also deserve my thanks and I thank them.Hon. Justice Niki Tobi, CON.Chairman
Government View
 Government notes.
 
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CHAPTER ONE
 
INTRODUCTION
 1.0 The city of Jos and environs had witnessed relative peace for almost a decadeafter the unfortunate communal clashes of 12
th
April, 1994. The peacefulposture of the city would have continued if not for yet another civil disturbancethat occurred on the 7
th
September, 2001 which posed a great threat to thehitherto peaceful co-existence amongst diverse communities of the State. Thisunfortunate incident has once again put to test the ability of the Government infinding a lasting peace amongst the various components resident in the Jos Areaand the State at large.
Government View
 Government notes.1.1
Step Forward
 In cognisance of the magnitude of the crisis and the complex dimension whichcame into play during the crisis, the Government of Plateau State thought it wiseto set up a high powered Judicial Commission of Inquiry and in the processsought for an independent Judge of a competent Court to preside with a mandateto look into the elements of the re-occurring civil disturbances in the State. Andthat resulted in the choice made by the State of Hon. Justice Niki Tobi, who atthe material time was the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Benin City,but now Justice of the Supreme Court, a choice which received the blessing of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Government View
 Government notes and appreciates his acceptance to preside over theCommission of Inquiry. Government further congratulates him as the Justice of the Supreme Court.1.2
Membership
 The Commission was constituted as follows:i. Hon. Justice Niki Tobi, CON - Chairmanii. Justice Ismaila Adamu - Memberiii. Barr. Ibrahim Hamman - iv. Barr. Nasiru Goshi - v. Chief (Dr.) Chigozie Njoku - vi. Chief Markus W. Ishaya - vii. Mr. Thomas Didel - viii. Hon. Mali Khandi Dung (Late) - ix. Hon. Mrs. V.K. Umaru - x. Mr. John G. Gobak - Secretary
Government View
 Government notes.1.3
Terms of Reference
 

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