Photo:Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto
By A .I, Sokoto
Chairman of the Sokoto State Judicial Commission of Inquiry, Justice Mu’azu Pindiga, emphasized that their purpose is not to engage in a witch-hunt or defame anyone.
During their inaugural sitting on Friday, Pindiga clarified that the commission’s main objective is to uncover the truth about some of the activities of the previous state government.
He stated that their intention is to investigate the matters specified in their terms of reference and provide recommendations in accordance with the law, recognizing that they, as fallible human beings, must act appropriately.
Justice Pindiga highlighted that anyone appearing before the Commission is considered a “witness” and not a suspect, accused, or defendant.
He reassured the public that receiving a summons from the Commission should not be a cause for alarm, but an obligation to cooperate.
However, he made it clear that the Commission possesses the authority to order the arrest and detention of those who willfully or negligently fail to respond to its invitations and summonses.
Additionally, the Commission has the power to address individuals who provide false testimony before them.
The 6-member Commission was inaugurated by Governor Ahmed Aliyu and tasked with examining the Sales and Auctions of government Assets, as well as land allocated by the previous government led by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.