#Kano 9: Ganduje Constitutes Commission Of Inquiry

The kidnapped children and their abductors

Kano state governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has instituted a Commission of Inquiry, under the chairmanship of Retired Justice Wada Umar Rano, to investigate infringement of rights of the rescued  9 children, who were allegedly kidnapped and later found in Anambra state,

Solacebase recalled that parents in the area where the children were abducted that is, Hotoro ,Kawo, Walalambe, Walawai& Tinshama , all in Nassarawa Local  Government under the auspices of ‘’Against The Abduction Missing Of Our Children’’ said about 47 of them are missing since 2015

A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor Abba Anwar on Friday said the inquiry commission would be  inaugurated on Thursday 31st October.

It said said parts of the Terms of Reference given to the Commission include “To conduct an inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State from the year 2010 to date and to procure all such evidence, written or oral, and to examine all such persons as witnesses as the commissioners may think it necessary or desirable to procure or examine.”

The statement said the terms of reference would pave way for the Commission “To summon any person in Nigeria to attend any meeting of the commissioners to give evidence or produce any document or other thing in his possession and to require the evidence (whether written or oral) of any witness to be made on oath or declaration, such oath or declaration.”

According to the statement,’’ other Terms include issues like “To admit or exclude the public or any member of the public or press from any hearing of the commission, to prepare comprehensive data of missing persons in Kano State within the period and circumstances in which they disappeared,to find out both immediate and remote causes of  cases of missing persons and to prepare and submit a written report including findings and recommendations to the Government of Kano State.”

It could be recalled that recently, the Nigerian Police Force, Kano State Command, under the leadership of CP Ahmed Iliyasu, uncovered cases of some missing children from Kano State discovered in Anambra.

A total of 9 persons (aged between 2 – 10 years) were discovered, out of which, 8 were sold in faraway Anambra State. Some of the victims stayed as captives for over five years in Anambra State, losing their identities.

The statement cited , section 2 of the Commissions of Inquiry Law, [CAP. 29], Laws of Kano State, 1990, and of all powers enables the governor to institute this and similar Commissions of Inquiry.

‘’It is on this premise that the governor said as “…the Governor of Kano State, do hereby notify the general public of the appointment of the persons named in the schedule hereto as commissioners with authority to hold a Commission of Inquiry into cases of missing persons in Kano State, from the year 2010 to 2019 with effect from 30th October, 2019 to 30th November, 2019.”

The Commission is set to hear from the victims or their relatives, collect evidence both written and oral, visits sites (as the case may be), find both immediate and remote causes and make recommendations to the Government for proper action, in order to eradicate such wicked act.