LEGISREPORTS NG – The House of Representatives has called on IGP Solomon Arase to reopen investigations into cold cases and unresolved cases of high profile political and extra-judicial killings in the country and to bring the culprits of the unresolved killings to justice.
This followed a Motion sponsored by Kingsley Chinda, on the Need to Undertake Further Investigations into Cases of Extra-Judicial Killings and Other High Profile Murders”.
Mr Chinda, in his lead debate on the motion, pointed out that the extrajudicial killings were allegedly being carried out by security agencies and other unknown gun men in the country.
He mentioned several cases of extra-judicial and unsolved killings in the country to include the killings of Dele Giwa, Alfred Rewane, Bola Ige and Funso Williams as well as some traders at Apo (popularly known as Apo Six), invasion by mobile policemen and armed soldiers of Ogoni land and Odi community in Bayelsa and other high profiel murders
The lawmaker urged the police to live up to expectation in crime prevention, even as he noted that people now live in fear and despair because the trend had continued unabated.
The Motion was referred to the committees on Police Affairs, Public Safety and National Security (when constituted) to monitor the investigations of the cases and present an interim report to the House within four weeks.
According to a report titled: Criminal Force: Torture, Abuse, and Extrajudicial Killings by the Nigeria Police Force,published by Open society Initiative of west Africa (OSIWA) the Police in Nigeria commit extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and extortion with relative impunity.
Nigeria Police Force personnel routinely carry out summary executions of persons accused or suspected of crime; rely on torture as a principal means of investigation; commit rape of both sexes, with a particular focus on sex workers; and engage in extortion at nearly every opportunity.
“The Nigerian government has acknowledged these problems and promised to address them in the past, but to date, abuses have continued with no real accountability. Nigeria’s leadership must pay serious attention to police reform if it hopes to succeed in restoring public safety”.
This report’s findings are based on independent field monitoring and investigation at over 400 police stations and posts in 14 states and territories in Nigeria from February 2007 to January 2009. Research was augmented by a review of relevant legislation, case law, and official reports, as well as secondary materials, including newspaper articles and NGO reports.
This cast doubts as to whether the police would be able to effective handle a case in which it has been indicted by several reports both by local and foreign agencies.
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