The federal government has issued a cheque of N135 million to families of those who were killed and wounded at some squatters in the Apo Area of Abuja. The attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, who presented the cheque said the decision was based on the outcome of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The NHRC had found out that the victims were thought to be Boko Haram members but findings revealed they were not. The Department of State Service had carried out a raid on an uncompleted building in the APC area in September 2013 leading to the death of eight persons while 11 others where left injured. The Professor Chidi Odinkalu-led inquiry found out that the DSS had violated their rights and ordered the compensation.
Malami said he persuaded the DSS to accept the verdict following series of meetings. He said: “This gesture in no small measure has emphasized the role of the National Human Rights Commission as an independent organization, which statutory duties for the promotion and protection of human rights.
“It also serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the enjoyment of human rights. The commission performs its statutory functions without interference from the Federal Government.” The commission said the payment would be made to their accounts after verification. Meanwhile, Danjuma Ibrahim, a police officer mentioned in the killing of six persons in Apo, Abuja, in 2005, has been promoted to the office of Assistant Inspector General of police (AIG). Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), decorated him with the new rank on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the force headquarters in Abuja.