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The government of Anambra State has approved the establishment of a bureau of missing persons, The Eastern Updates reports.
In a statement on Saturday, the commissioner for information, Paul Nwosu disclosed that the approval was made at the State Executive Council meeting.
According to him, the bureau would be domiciled in the Ministry of Justice.
He pointed out that the establishment of the bureau was part of the fulfilment of the recommendation by the Truth, Justice, and Peace Commission.
The commission, which has Prof. Chidi Odinkalu as chairman, Bianca Ojukwu as secretary and Prof. Sylvia Ifemeje, the commissioner for justice as members, submitted its report to Governor Chukwuma Soludo on February 17.
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The commissioner said part of the mandate of the bureau was to trace cases of missing persons and come up with the needed database to support police investigations and eventual prosecution of suspects.
The committee, inaugurated by Soludo on 23rd of June , 2022 followed agitations that led to killings and destruction of property in the state and the South-East region.
The purpose of the committee is to seek a restorative justice approach for truth-telling or real facts and for the healing of the victims of violence.
It was to account for the responsibility and accountability of the actors, and conditional mercy for the repentant perpetrators. It was also to handle victims’ restitution for certain losses and rehabilitation to allow restoration of peace and justice as well as the promotion of development in the state.