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Zaria Clash: White Paper Drafting Committee begins work – July 26, 2016

A committee to draft the White Paper on the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria clashes has commenced work. The 9-man committee is chaired by Adamu Mohammed Mansur, who is the permanent secretary, Ministry of Education, Kaduna state, is expected to submit a draft White Paper within the next two weeks.

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the Zaria clashes between the Nigerian Army and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria submitted its report on 15 July 2016. Receiving the report, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai said that the Kaduna State Government will study the report and make issue a White Paper promptly to convey its decisions on the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry.

The other members of the White Paper Drafting Committee are:
1. Hauwa U. Umar
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources

2. Bari’atu Yusuf Mohammed
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport,

3. Ibrahim Sambo, mni
Permanent Secretary,
Ministry for Local Government,

4. Ja’afaru Ibrahim Sani
Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs and Special Services,

5. Aisha Kumbo Mohammed
Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Justice.

6. Ambisa Adze Jonah
Permanent Secretary,
Civil Service Commission

7. Barrister M.I Aliyu,
Ministry of Justice,

8. Alexander K. Sule
Office of the Secretary to the State Government as committee secretary.

The terms of reference guiding the committee are stated as follows:

a. To study the recommendations of the Report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the clash between a Detachment of the Nigerian Army and Members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and produce a white paper on the report.

b. To make any other recommendation(s) that will assist Government in addressing issues raised in the report.

The committee is expected to conclude the task and submit a report to the government within two weeks from its first day of sitting.


Samuel Aruwan
Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)