The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed disappointment over the killing of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites) by the Nigeria Police.
NHRC in a statement issued by its Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, berated the police for killing Shiites members who were observing the Ashura annual mourning procession across the nation few days ago.
The NHRC further urged “the police to always mainstream human rights in their operations”.
Naija Buzz News had reported how the spokesman for the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, alleged that the police killed 15 of their members and injured 10 during the annual procession on Tuesday.
Ojukwu who described the development as sad, further called for thorough investigation into the killings, saying that those involved in the dastardly act should be brought to book.
“These acts of extra-judicial killing by the police have made human life inconsequential in Nigeria,” Ojukwu reportedly said according to a statement released by Lambert Oparah, the Director Corporate Affairs and External Linkages of the NHRC.
“The National Human Rights Commission has condemned the alleged killing of some members of the Shiites on Tuesday while on Ashura annual mourning procession across the nation.
“Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu, reacting to the alleged killing of the Shiite members in Abuja, called for an in-depth investigation into the killings with a view to bringing anyone involved in the dastardly act to book.
“The commission, he said, is disappointed over this sad development in spite of its earlier warning of caution to both the police and members of the Shiite who intend to embark on the annual procession, adding that the continued acts of violence leading to loss of lives and wanton destruction of property in avoidable circumstances is unacceptable.”
The human rights commission further “called on the Inspector-General of Police to sanction all commissioners of police under whose command these extra-judicial killings were perpetrated and prosecute all operational officers under whose supervision the peaceful processing members of the Shiite religious sect were killed.”
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