The House of Representatives has demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari reopen investigations into unresolved cases of high profile political and extra judicial killings in Nigeria.
According to Premium Times, the essence of the charge to the Federal Government, the House resolved, is to bring the culprits to justice.
This demand was raised in a motion titled, ‘Need To Undertake Further Investigations Into Cases Of Extra Judicial Killings And Other High Profile Murders’.
This motion was raised by Kingsley Chinda, he noted that the extra judicial killings were allegedly being carried out by men of the Nigerian Police Force, and personnel of some other security agencies and unknown gunmen.
Chinda, while charging the Nigerian Police Force to be more alive to its responsibilities in the prevention and proper investigation, the lawmaker also expressed fears that the efforts of previous governments in curbing the problem of extra judicial and other high profile killings have largely been futile and short of peoples’ expectations as some have continued unabated and as a result, people now live in fear and despair.
Chinda enunciated on the issue, stating that several cases of extra judicial and unsolved killings in the country included some traders at Apo (popularly known as Apo Six), invasion by mobile policemen and armed soldiers of Ogoni land, the invasion of Odi community in Bayelsa, the killings of Dele Giwa, Alfred Rewane, Bola Ige and Funso Williams amongst others.
The Premium Time report states that the motion was unanimously agreed on by the House, and was referred to the Committees on Police Affairs, Public Safety and National Security (when constituted) by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, to monitor the investigations of the cases and present an interim report to the House within four weeks for further legislative action.
In some other development, President Muhammadu Buhari, on July 29, Wednesday, vowed to abide to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling ceding the oil-rich Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon.
Femi Adesina, the presidential aide, revealed Buhari’s position on his Twitter handle.
Adesina also hinted that the president has promised to get all Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria and those who are refugees in Cameroon back to their homes.