Nimbo massacre: NGO petitions IGP, Enugu Attorney over delayed trial

From Arinze Gideon

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

The suit 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."

The President of the Organisation, Mr. Olu Omotayo, said five suspects were paraded in relation to the attack at the Police Headquarters in Abuja on the the 25th of May.

The names of the arrested suspects are: Mohammed Zurei, Ciroma Musa, Saleh Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute.

Mr. Omotayo maintained that there were overwyhelming evidence against the suspects as one of them was found with a video recording of the massacre.

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."

He explained that 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 will 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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