Ehiwario Warns Against Frivolous Objections

As Commission On Uzere Community Crisis Begins Sitting
BY DENNIS OTU -WARRI
THE Commission of Inquiry set by the Delta State Government to look into the crisis which rocked Uzere community in Isoko South has commenced sitting at the Governors Office Annex, Warri with the Chairman , Honourable Justice S. A. Ehiwario warning that the commission would not entertain any frivolous objections and applications aimed at obstructing the smooth conduct of proceedings.
He pledged that the commission would not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that all parties are given fair hearing and called on them to act with circumspection.

According to him; “As you all know. Uzere distubance began November 29,, 2011. The crisis inflicted tremendous psychological trauma and financial loss on the good people of Uzere kingdom and residents of Uzere in Isoko South Local Government Council Area of Delta State.
The state government is peeved at the great suffering of her people and has therefore decided to get to the root cause of this mishap by setting up this commission.” ,
He said the commission is determined to get to the remote and immediate causes of the civil disturbance on 29th December, 2011 and to ascertain the number of persons who lost their lives or sustain injuries, extent of destruction or damage to public and private properties.
He added that the Commission is also to ascertain the role played by persons or institutions responsible for the crisis and make appropriate recommendations to the authority for prompt action.
He gave the assurance that the terms of reference would be strictly adhered to, and to produce ‘’at the end of the assignment a report that will be beneficial to the government and be satisfactory to all concerned’’.
He said the Commission would listen attentively to all sides in the matter , and urged the parties to obtain information in any way they can to correct erroneous statement prejudicial to their views.
‘’We, therefore solicit for maximum cooperation, particularly the aggrieved or interested persons and their solicitors , the witnesses , law enforcement agents and the general public at large. We need this cooperation greatly because we must produce a reasonable, acceptable report that would endure for all times’’, he said.
In his speech, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Charles Ajuya, SAN, solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders , assuring them that whatever finding the Commission arrives at, would be looked into by the government.
Former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Victor OtemIewo, who is counsel for Uzere community, appealed to the Commission to provide adequate security for witnesses .