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Group Blames Security Agencies, NHRC for Increase in Extra-judicial Killings

From Okechukwu Keshi Ukegbu, Umuahia

International Society for Rule of Law and Civil Liberties (Intersociety) has blamed the increase on extra- judicial killings in the country on the attitude of the hierarchy of the security agencies, especially the army and police.

The group also fingered the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for failure to curb the crime.

The group in a statement made available to DAILY ASSET THE group noted “It must be boldly and factually stated that the conduct, atrocities of subordinate armed personnel of the Nigerian security forces particularly the Army and the Police have continued untamed because their high commands and oversight institutions such as the National Human Rights Commission have always sanctioned or condoned them or facilitated ‘escape routes’ for the perpetrators particularly the superior officers who are vicarious or supervisory culprits”.

It will be recalled that extra-judicial killings by security agents during the Coronavirus pandemic has risen to above 20, a number which has surpassed the deaths caused by the pandemic itself.

Intersociety further posited that on rare occasions, the subordinate culprits paid the price instead of their superiors who benefitted from the subordinates’ irresponsible acts.

According to the group, Nigerians have not forgotten the ignoble role of the country’s Rights Commission, which it accused of facilitating escape routes for the Chief of Army Staff and his fellow culprits in the alleged massacre of not less than 1000 defenseless Shiite Muslims.
Intersociety also blamed corruption for rise in misconduct among the security agencies.

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