Oct 3, 2022

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Supreme Court Affirms Appeal Court’s Ruling in Rivers State Commission of Inquiry – Legit.ng

  • The Rivers state government has been advised that it cannot appoint its panel as a judicial commission of inquiry
  • This was the Supreme Court ruling in a Judgment on the action of the state government
  • The Supreme Court has ruled that the judicial commission of inquiry has a purely investigative function

FCT, Abuja – The Supreme Court has upheld the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the Rivers State Government cannot appoint its panel as a judicial commission of inquiry.

The Apex Court, however, dismissed the appeal but stated that the function of the Judicial Inquiry Commission was merely an inquiry, that no one was tried before the panel and therefore the question of a fair hearing did not arise.< /p>

The Supreme Court found that the commission was purely an investigative body and o could not convict r prosecute.

Governor Nyesom Wike had established a judicial commission of inquiry in 2015, to investigate some Rivers state government transactions under the administration of Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the immediate former Minister of Transportation.

Amaechi contested the panel’s designation as the Judicial Inquiry Commission a commission of inquiry as required by the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry Act.

The former minister has also challenged the issue of the government panel’s denial of his right to a fair hearing .

The two courts that previously dealt with the matter have now ruled that the governor was empowered by law to s ei to set up an investigative body called the Judicial Commission of Inquiry.

However, they felt that the decision of the investigative committee did not constitute a condemnation or indictment to have any negative impact on the matter to justify Amaechi to anyone else.

Amaechi, unhappy with the decision that a governor could give the panel a different name than that mandated by the Rivers State Commission of Inquiry Appeal to the Supreme Court.

With the ruling announced today, legal experts say it is now clear that a governor can set up a committee of inquiry neither as a judicial commission of inquiry nor as a commission of inquiry ( simpler).

It was also stipulated that the decisions/recommendations of a commission of inquiry and the subsequent white paper prepared by a issued by the government do not constitute a conviction or indictment as they adversely affect a person seeking electoral office.

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In a similar Similar developments following the reconciliation of the warring camps in Zamfara Section of the APC, a former governor of the state, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, has ordered the immediate withdrawal of four court cases opened against the party in the state.

The national chairman of the APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, had on 8./9. May reconciled the camp of Governor Bello Matawalle and that of his predecessor Yari and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa.

The announcement of the withdrawal of the lawsuits was made by Senator Marafa at the end of a consultative meeting of stakeholders made, which was held at the Garba Nadama Hall in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara state, on Wednesday 25.