The National Human Rights Commission on Monday said it would ‘thoroughly investigate’ the alleged killing of four Fulani boys in Edo State by suspected vigilantes and community youths.
According to the commission, the investigation became necessary so as to ensure that the culprits are brought to book to forestall further clashes.
This was made known in a statement issued by the Deputy Director Public Relations and External Linkages, Hajiya Fatimah Mohammed Agwai; it said that the Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, gave the assurance in Abuja when members of the Association of Matasan Fulani of Nigeria visited him to file a petition over the alleged killing in Edo State and attacks on its members in Anambra State.
Ojukwu, therefore, said that the commission would reach out to the Office of the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioners of Police in Edo and Anambra states to ascertain what really happened and the action they might have taken in the circumstances.
“The alleged murder of the boys is most unfortunate and highly reprehensible as no one has the right to take another person’s life no matter how highly placed in the society. It is only a Court of competent jurisdiction that can sentence an offender to death,” Ojukwu stated.
He said that everyone Nigerian is protected by the law irrespective of their religion or ethnic background, adding that it was unlawful for anyone to take the law into their own hands, either for self-help or for any other reason whatsoever.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of AMFN, Alhaji Shuaibu Haruna Sogiji, said they were in the NHRC to “file a petition against some communities in the Southern part of Nigeria,” particularly in Edo and Anambra states where some Fulani herders have recently been attacked and their cows killed and stolen.