- April 19, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: Akwa Ibom
The Civil Liberties Organization-CLO has called on the Akwa Ibom State Government to release, without delay, the reports of the retired Justice Umoekoyo Essang-led commission of inquiry constituted to probe the immediate and remote causes of the collapsed of the Reingers Bible Church, Uyo on December 10, 2016.
The commission chaired by retired Justice Essang with six other members, was inaugurated by the governor and urged to commence sitting on December 16 and to submit its report in three weeks from the date of its first sitting or within such extended period as may be allowed after written approval.
However, two months after completion of sitting, neither the commission nor the state government has released a statement on the findings, raising speculations in different quarters around the state.
Speaking with Our Correspondent, Bassey Ibiatisuho, the CLO state Chairman, Clifford Thomas who represented families of the deceased and the injured at the commission, raised alarm over the delay by the state government to make public the report of the commission and warned against any attempt by members of the panel to compromise the findings.
According to him, the Civil Liberties Organisation would not hesitate to take the case to the International Court of Justice to seek justice for the estate of the dead, adding that the organization had received complaints by the bereaved families who accused the church and government of not living up to expectations in providing succour to the victims.