Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state governor has appointed former UN under-secretary Professor Ibrahim Gambari and foreign affairs minister as a commissioner on the panel of inquiry set up to probe the Shia-Army clash that resulted in many deaths in the state recently. Others so appointed are Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, who is the chairman and the presiding justice of the Port Harcourt division of the Court of Appeal; Prof. Salihu Shehu, a lecturer at the Bayero University, Kano; Prof. Umar Labdo, a lecturer at the Northwest University, Kano; Malam Salihu Abubakar, a former director of the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Prof. Auwalu Yadudu, a professor of Law and former Special Adviser on Legal Matters during the Abacha government; Afakriya Gadzama, a career intelligence professional and former Director-General of the Department of State Services. The others are Brigadier-General Aminun-Kano Maude (rtd), retired Deputy Director, Army Finance and Accounts; Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim, academic, civil society leader and columnist; Mrs. Khadijah Hawaja Gambo, gender rights activist, social entrepreneur and conflict resolution expert; Mr. Bilya Bala, banker, management consultant and journalist; Major-General Alexander Anjili Mshelbwala, retired infantry general knowledgeable in civil-military relations and counter-insurgency, and one-time Military Secretary of the Nigerian Army; Mrs. Desire Deseye Nsirim CP (Rtd.), former commissioner of police of Niger State; Dr. Bala Babaji, Director of the Centre for Islamic Legal Studies, Institute of Administration of the Ahmadu Bello University, is the Secretary to the Commission.
El-Rufai said he consulted widely with the governments of the 19 Northern States and the Federal Government in a bid to identify credible, independent and impartial persons knowledgeable in various aspects that the Inquiry is expected to cover.
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