Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has vowed that any official indicted by the probe panel on the collapsed seven-storey building along Woji Road in New GRA, Port Harcourt, will be prosecuted.
Wike made this vow on Friday during the presentation of reports by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the building collapse and the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the management of Integrated Medical Industries Limited (auto syringe factory) at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor stated that his administration would implement the reports of the two commissions.
He also announced the setting up of a seven-man committee to take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of the two commissions of inquiry.
“Anybody indicted for being responsible for the building collapse will face the law. If you are connected to the deaths of people, we will prosecute you for murder,” the governor said.
He said any government official serving or retired, indicted, would be brought to justice.
Wike noted that the Rivers State Government would take direct measures to re-structure and professionalise the state Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning.
On the Integrated Medical Industries Limited, the governor said that the government should not be taken for granted.
Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the building collapse on Woji Road, Justice Adolphus Enebeli, while presenting his report, described the building approval process at the Ministry of Urban Development and Physical Planning as a mangled mess of procedures.
Justice Enebeli explained that the gory details of the videos were enough to make the strongest of men cry.
In his remarks, Chairman of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate the Management and Affairs of Integrated Medical Industries Limited (auto syringe factory), Justice Constance Green, said the findings and recommendations of her commission were contained in a four-volume report.
While hoping that the state governor will implement the report, Justice Green said the recommendations of the panel were in line with its 10-point terms of reference.