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NGO writes Navy, police over forced disappearance of Kogi indigenes

A rights organization, the Advocate for Peoples’ Rights and Justice (APRJ) has petitioned the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Navy over alleged violations of the fundamental rights…

A rights organization, the Advocate for Peoples’ Rights and Justice (APRJ) has petitioned the Nigeria Police and Nigeria Navy over alleged violations of the fundamental rights of several indigenes of Kogi State by their personnel.

In separate letters signed by its coordinator, Victor Giwa dated October 27, 2022, the NGO called for the removal of some officers of the organisations over their alleged forced disappearance, abductions and killings of the Kogi indigenes for political reasons.

The victims are Abdulazeez Salami (2017); Hon. Musa Adelabu, Monday Idowu, Ismaila Momoh, Rufai Jimoh and Kashim Ismaila (2021); Abdulfatah Tuhari and Hadi Abdulmaliki (2022).

The NGO said the officers, a former commander of the IGP Quick Response Unit, and the Navy Special Force, both in Kogi State and their team were used by some politicians in the state as the tool for the abduction, “maiming and killing of the political opponents and blackmailing the said victims as either terrorist or thugs.”

The NGO called for the proper investigation of the police and naval officers over the killing of the innocent Kogi indigenes for political reasons, “human rights violations, arbitrariness.”