Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria clash between Shi’ite members and the Nigerian Army is to be inaugurated on the 29th of January 2016 (coming Friday) in Kaduna.
This was disclosed in a Kaduna State government statement which also announced the appointment of Yusuf Olaolu Ali, SAN, as counsel to the Commission of Inquiry.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that the National Human Rights Commission is already investigating the crises, the Nigerian Bar Association sent a delegation to Zaria last week to obtain first hand information on what had transpired that led to the death of scores of the sect members.
It would also be noted that some soldiers had, in reaction to Shi’ite members’ refusal to grant access to the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, engaged them in a fight that eventually led to the arrest and detention of the leader of the Shi’ite group, El Zakzahky.
According to the release, Ali, the head of the committee, was called to the bar in 1983. He graduated with a second class upper degree in Law from the University of Ife in 1982, and became a senior advocate of Nigeria in 1997.
He is a chartered arbitrator and has chaired the NBA section on Legal Practice and the Kwara State Law Reform Committee and is also a member of the Body of Benchers.
The Kaduna State government, last week, announced the membership of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria clashes. The chairman is Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, the presiding justice of the Port Harcourt Division of the Court of Appeal.
The 12 other members of the commission of inquiry are: Prof Salihu Shehu – Commissioner, Prof. Umar Labdo – Commissioner. Professor Labdo teaches in the Faculty of Humanities, Northwest University, Kano.
Malam Salihu Abubakar – Commissioner. Malam Abubakar is a former director of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and Prof. Auwalu Yadudu – Commissioner. He is an accomplished professor of Law, and former Special Adviser on Legal Matters during the Abacha government.
Also, Prof Ibrahim Gambari – Commissioner, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was also Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, and headed the UN department of Political Affairs. He is often consulted on African Affairs, Peacekeeping and Global Security, Mr. Afakirya Gadzama – Commissioner, a career intelligence professional, is a former Director-General of the Department of State Services, where he served in various positions, including as Kaduna State director of the agency.
Brig-Gen. Aminun-Kano Maude (rtd) – Commissioner, General Maude is a retired Deputy Director, Army Finance and Accounts, holds a Ph.D in Accountancy. Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim – Commissioner, a well-known civil society leader and columnist, taught politics at the Ahmadu Bello University, and has researched and written about religion.
The others members are Mrs. Khadijah Hawaja Gambo – Commissioner, is a gender rights activist, social entrepreneur and conflict resolution expert active in Plateau and neighbouring states. She is fluent in Arabic.
Mr. Bilya Bala – Commissioner, who is an accomplished banker and journalist, is currently editor-in-chief of the People’s Dailynewspaper.
Maj-Gen Alexander Anjili Mshelbwala – Commissioner. General Mshelbwala is a retired infantry general knowledgeable in civil-military relations and counter-insurgency. He was former Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army.
Mrs. Desire Deseye Nsirim CP (Rtd.) – Commissioner. Mrs. Nsirim was a distinguished police officer. She retired after being the commissioner of police of Niger State.
Dr. Bala Babaji has also been appointed the Secretary to the Commission. He is currently the Director of the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies, Institute of Administration of the Ahmadu Bello University. He will be assisted in the discharge of his functions by a secretariat with experts drawn from academia, civil society, private sector and the public service of the state and the federation.
The Judicial Commission of Inquiry is expected to submit its final report six weeks after its first public sitting.

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