The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has denied reports that its report on the killing of some squatters in Gudu/Apo District of Abuja indicted the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN).
Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, who made the clarifications on Wednesday, said the Office of the AGF acted as Judge Advocate to the commission during the public inquiry into the killings.
“May I humbly bring to the attention of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice that the commission delivered its decision on the above complaint on the 7th day of April, 2014 and following which I personally certified a copy of the final decision of the Commission and caused same to be forwarded to your honourable chambers,” the commission said in a letter to the AGF.
“I wish to state here clearly that at no point was the conduct of the Attorney-General of the Federation in question or even mentioned in the proceedings before the commission and in fact, the office of the Honourable Attorney-General 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.”
Sixteen people were killed in an uncompleted building at the Zone E area of the Apo Legislative quarters following a raid by security operatives who alleged that they were Boko Haram members squatting in the building.
However officials of the Keke NAPEP Association, alleged that their members were killed in cold blood on the orders of the owner of the building, an Army General (Names withheld), and a public outcry led to the probe whose report was released early this week