El-Rufai Names Justice Ishaq Bello to Probe NLC Strike In Kaduna

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The Kaduna State Government has appointed Justice Ishaq Bello, a retired chief judge of the high court of the federal capital territory (FCT) to lead an Inquiry into the NLC warning strike of 16th to 19th May 2021, and the actions and events associated with it.

A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye yesterday mentioned former Attorney-General of Cross River State Eyo Ekpo and Mrs Joan Jatau-Kadiya, ex-Attorney-General of Kaduna State as members.

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According to the statement, former Assistant Secretary-General of NLC and Deputy National Secretary of Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Chom Bagu is also a member of the Commission.

Other members of the commission includes; AVM Rabiu Dabo, Dr Nasirudeen Usman and Malam Mohammed Isah Aliyu.

Adekeye further stated that the inquiry has 14 terms of reference, including the legality of the strike and any breach of the relevant laws on trade disputes and essential services and is required to submit its final report 60 days after its first sitting.

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“It is charged to ascertain the legality of the warning strike, the actions of various persons and organisations and determine whether such actions amount to any breach of of the Trade Union Act, the Trade Disputes Act, the Trade Disputes (Essential Services) Act, the Miscellaneous Offenses Act, the Quarantine Act, the Public Health Law and Penal Code Law of Kaduna State and other laws.

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 “The Inquiry will also ascertain the economic losses incurred during the strike, assign responsibility for actions and make recommendations for appropriate actions, including civil remedies, criminal prosecution and policy measures.

“Section 7 of the commissions of Inquiry Law grants the Judicial Commission of Inquiry the power to summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence and to issue a warrant to compel the attendance of anyone so summoned.”

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