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Apo Killings: Rights Group Wants NHRC’s Report Fully Implemented

The Human Rights Agenda Network, HRAN, a non-governmental organisation, has called for full implementation of the National Human Rights Commission’s, NHRC report on the killings in Apo district, Abuja.

Chairman of the HRAN, Chino Obiagwu, in a statement commended the commission on the findings and recommendations of its panel of inquiry.

The panel had in its report recommended N10 million as compensation to the families of the eight victims of the September 20, 2013 killings and N5 million for the eleven persons injured.

It also ordered the Attorney-General of the Federation to ensure that evidence of payment was lodged with the registry of the NHRC within 30 days of the decision.

The HRAN sees the recommendations as laudable and believes that the decision will help to address some of the issues bordering on anti-terrorism and respect for human rights in the face of the security challenges facing Nigeria.

“We therefore charge the Federal Government to ensure speedy implementation of this decision as failure to do so could inadvertently fetter the powers of the commission to carry out its human rights objectives as mandated by the amended NHRC Act,” Obiagwu stated.

The NHRC panel’s report also said the killings allegedly perpetuated by a joint team of the Nigerian Army and Department of State Services, DSS, operatives were clear violation of the victims’ rights.

It faulted claims by the security operatives that the victims were members of Boko Haram on the ground that the claim was not substantiated with evidences before the panel.