Eleven years after police in Abuja killed six Igbo traders in the Apo area of Abuja, purporting them as armed robbers, the Federal Government has been indicted for not mustering the political will to bring the suspects to justice.
“There is government interest in the Apo 6 killings” this paper was told.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday, however, also gathered that the culprits most of them allegedly police officers from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT command have not been brought to book and are reportedly walking the streets of the country free men.
The killings occurred in 2005 and there are still no clues as to the whereabouts of the mastermind, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Garki, who reportedly ordered the killings of the traders.
It was alleged that he escaped from where he was detained on the fifth floor of the Force Headquarters in suspicious circumstances.
Since the two incidents occurred, the whereabouts of the DPO has been unknown, likewise the status of the case.
But checks by Nigerian Pilot Sunday revealed that the police high command is lukewarm about the matter, especially as it affects high ranking officers. A close source in government circle and the police high command in Abuja told this paper, “The Police do not have the political will to continue the case. The prosecuting counsel has also not applied to the police for assistance,” he said.
According to the source, while members of the public are still awaiting the outcome of the case, the hands of the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, may have been tied since the case was already in court and could be prejudiced.
This paper gathered further that the penchant for extrajudicial killings and concealing same, is common within the police, but under Arase, it was not tolerated.
Only recently, a legal practitioner, Mr. Amobi Nnzelu, who …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot