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CRRAN blasts IGP, Enugu AG over Nimbo massacre

Friday, 30 September 2016


By Patrick Egwu & Ifunanya Ozougwu, Enugu

The Civil Rights Realization and Advancement Network, (CRRAN), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) yesterday blasted the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and the Attorney General of Enugu State, Barrister Meletus Eze over the continued detention of some of the suspected masterminds of the Nimbo massacre without trial.

The President of the group, Barr Olu Omotayo in a petition filed at the Federal High Court Enugu, said that the duo were politicizing the case through the continued detention of the suspects who were implicated in the gruesome massacre of innocent citizens at Nimbo, Uzo – Uwani in Enugu state when an overwhelming recorded video evidence of the massacre was found on them.

The suit with number FHC/EN/CS/106/2016 which was obtained by Orient Daily, reads in part: "We today filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Enugu against the Attorney General of Enugu State, Barrister Meletus Eze and the Inspector General of Police, in view of the blatant refusal of the Attorney to perform his constitutional duty to arraign the five detained suspects for criminal trial despite our written application to his office to that effect."

He questioned the refusal of the Attorney General to call for the case file and commence the criminal trial of the suspects on
grounds that he needs the consent of the Federal Government to institute a trial.
He said: "The position of the Attorney was only a blackmail against the Federal Government as the case is not a political matter or one that needs the consent of the Federal Attorney General before action could be taken."

“The continued detention of the suspects since the 25th of May, 2016 by the Attorney General without trial and the refusal of latter who was under the misconception of the law that he needs the consent of the Federal Attorney General and the Presidency to arraign them for trial before a court of competent jurisdiction constitutes a flagrant violation of the fundamental human rights guaranteed under sections 34, 35 and 36 (5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Article 5, 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement Act) Cap A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and is therefore illegal, unconstitutional, null and void”, he maintained.

He argued that Barr Eze is the No 1 legal officer of Enugu state and that it is his constitutional duty to commence trial of the suspects, adding that he should tow the path of honour and arraign the five suspects of the Nimbo massacre even before he is so directed by the court.

Mr. Olu Omotayo, said five of the suspects who were paraded at the Police Headquarters in Abuja on the 25th of May in relation to the attack are: Mohammed Zurei, Ciroma Musa, Saleh Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute.

He further explained that public interest litigation is vital to peace in the state and if the arrested suspects are arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction, it will serve the interest of justice for the aggrieved citizens of the state.

It would be recalled that on the 25th of April, some gunmen invaded the town of Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State and attacked residents of the community leading to the death of over 50 people while houses and properties were destroyed.

No date has however, been fixed for hearing of the suit as at the time of filing this report.

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