Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, yesterday got the nod of the state High Court sitting in Abeokuta to proceed through the Truth Commission and inquire into the complaints and cases of deaths, disappearance and assassination of persons during the administration of embattled former Governor Gbenga Daniel.
The Truth Commission is expected to inquire into the killing of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) chieftain in Ogun, Otunba Dipo Dina, the disappearance of Age (Animashaun) Lemomu, and gruesome killings of 65 political supporters of Amosun between 2005 and 2009.
It is also expected that the failed assassination bid on Daniel’s former Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Wale Adedayo, and spirited harassment and threats to the life of the former Ijebu East Local Government boss, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, would also get the attention of the commission.
The commission, which was established by Amosun last September 14, is mandated to determine whether or not such deaths, disappearances and assassinations of some indigenes of the state during Daniel’s era involved the abuse of power by any person or persons holding public office.
Members of the commission are Messrs Pius Adeyemi, Abdulahi Mustapha, Dalopo Akinsanya, Bamidele Aturu, Tunji Onabamwo and Lanre Suraj.
The commission is to also ascertain whether the above cases resulted from any person or group of persons acting under the control or authority of such public office holder as well as identifying individuals, institutions and groups whose activities resulted in the acts so referred.
The liberty to proceed with the probe followed the order of the State High Court yesterday which vacated the stay of proceeding order earlier served on the state government last October 28 over the constitution of the Truth Commission of Enquiry.
The October 28 order restrained Amosun and the Truth Commission from probing immediate past governor, Gbenga Daniel, his aides or any one that served with him.
Daniel had on October 28 challenged the setting up and the constitution of the Truth Commission of Enquiry through his counsel, Prof. Taiwo Osipitan.
The former governor told the court then that his successor, Senator Amosun, lacked the power to set up such commission and asked the court for a stay of proceeding, pending the determination of the matter and his prayer was granted.
But Justice Paul Onamade, who granted the initial restraining order, vacated same yesterday. He held that tentatively, the commission could go ahead with probing the alleged infraction of human rights, disappearance of persons and killings that occurred between May 2003 and May 2011, pending the interpretation of Section 36 (4) of the constitution by the Appeal Court.