Apo killings: Rights com­mis­sion de­nies in­dict­ing Adoke

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

The Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion (NHRC) has said it did not in­dict the At­tor­neyGen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion and Min­is­ter of Jus­tice Mo­hammed Bello Adoke in its rul­ing on last Septem­ber’s killings of eight mi­grant work­ers near Apo leg­isla­tive quar­ters.

The com­mis­sion had on Mon­day in­dicted the Nige­rian Army and the Depart­ment of the State Se­cu­rity (SSS) for the killings. It or­dered com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­i­lies of those killed.

Some me­dia re­ports had sug­gested that the At­tor­ney Gen­eral was also in­dicted.

But in a let­ter to the At­tor­neyGen­eral dated April 8, which was ob­tained by Daily Trust, the com­mis­sion said there was no place where Adoke was men­tioned on the is­sue.

The let­ter, signed by the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary/CEO of the com­mis­sion Pro­fes­sor Ben Angwe, read in part: “I wish to state here clearly that at no point was the con­duct of the At­tor­neyGen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion in ques­tion or even men­tioned in the pro­ceed­ings be­fore the com­mis­sion.

“And in fact, the of­fice of the Hon­ourable At­tor­neyGen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion acted as Judge Ad­vo­cate to the com­mis­sion in the pro­ceed­ings. Con­se­quently, any pub­li­ca­tion that the com­mis­sion in­dicted the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion is not only un­true but also a clear de­par­ture from the de­ci­sion of the com­mis­sion which was pro­nounced pub­licly,” it said.

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