Apo killings: Umar al­leges mil­i­tary, SSS con­spir­acy

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Mau­reen Onochie

For­mer mil­i­tary ad­min­is­tra­tor of Kaduna State re­tired Col. Abubakar Dangiwa Umar has com­mended the Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) on their re­port which in­dicted the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion, the Nige­rian Army and the Depart­ment of State Se­cu­rity over the killing of eight mi­grant work­ers in Abuja.

Speak­ing with Daily Trust on phone yes­ter­day, Umar, who had pre­vi­ously faulted the killings, also urged the Federal Govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate what he termed as con­spir­acy be­tween the mil­i­tary and the SSS in the Septem­ber in­ci­dent.

“The hu­man rights com­mis­sion did a very good job. I con­grat­u­late them for dili­gently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the killings and com­ing up with this re­port. The claims by se­cu­rity agents that the vic­tims were mem­bers of Boko Haram were with­out cred­i­ble ev­i­dence.

He said the se­cu­rity agencies have re­fused to de­mol­ish the build­ing in Apo as they have done to other build­ings where sus­pected mem­bers of Boko Haram have been found.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the FG should sell the property and use the money to pay com­pen­sa­tion to the mem­bers of the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies as or­dered by the NHRC.

While ac­cus­ing the Se­nate com­mit­tees which in­ves­ti­gated the killings of try­ing to ex­on­er­ate the se­cu­rity agencies, Umar urged the mil­i­tary to own up and pun­ish cul­prits so as to avoid im­punity among soldiers and people from re­sort­ing to self-help.

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