By: Okey Maduforo (Awka)
There are strong indications that the security operation involved on the killing of some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may face litigation abroad.
Already litigation suit is being perfected against the Inspector General of Police to be prosecuted in any of the twenty-seven countries in Europe in order to bring the perpetrators to book.
This is coming as the Assistant Prospector General of Police (AIG) zone 13 Ukpo, Anambra State Mr. Danimllam Mohammed express regret over the killings in Emene Enugu State describing it as unbecoming and unfortunate.
According to a U.K based Human Right Lawyer Barr Paul Nwachalla who spoke to reporters on phone yesterday, he announced that;
“Even though the Nigerian government claims to have outlawed IPOB there as concluded arrangements to sue the Inspector General of Police and the Nigerian Police force under what is called extended jurisdiction over extra judicial killings”.
The AIG zone 13 has acknowledge the fact of killing as well as conflicting figures in the number of death hence confirming that the police, DSS and Army are culpable.
“No law allows security operatives to judge any suspect and convict him as they did in Enugu hence they should stop arrogating the powers of the judiciary”.
Speaking during a courtesy visit paid to his office in Ukpo by the executive members of the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) Anambra State Council led by the chairman Mr. Emma Ifesinachi, AIG Danmailam Mohammed said “The incident is unbecoming and unfortunate and the zone has employed best security strategies to prevent future occurrences”
“The zone under my watch will continue to maintain peace, law and order in Anambra, Enugu and Ebonyi States. I stand for justice, human right, constitutionalism, peace and development. I say no to torture, illegal arrest and detention, intimidation, and abuse of power.
“We will give you maximum support to discharge your duties as journalists.
“I love investigative journalism. I will give you support. We want you to help us to educate these IPOB members to be peaceful. The federal government is doing everything possible to bring development in the zone.
“You can’t get development in atmosphere of crisis. Northerners migrating to South East are doing that because the zone is peaceful. We should continue in making the zone peaceful,” he added.
Earlier, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ifesinachi, told the AIG that the zone had come to identify with him, assuring that the media would continue to uphold the ethos of journalism and professionalism throughout his tenure and beyond.