Group calls for arrest of COAS over murder of Police officers in Taraba

A right group, Human Right, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders Foundation (HURIDE), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to  sack the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Mohammed Brutai, for the brutal murder of three Police officers and two civilians in Ibi, Taraba State.

HURIDE after its national executive meeting in Abuja, also called for the immediate arraignment of the soldiers directly and remotely involved in the murder of the Policemen on national assignment.

According to the Chairman of Board of Trustees (BoT), HURIDE, Dede Uzor A.Uzor, the murder represented the inexplicable hatred of the Nigerian Army against the Police and the citizens of Nigeria.

“It is sad that such a broad day murder will happen 59 years after our independent. This cannot happen in a sane democratic environment, where rule of law and respect for human dignity are practised and observed.

“The only way the President can show that he is serious in addressing this dastardly act was to sack COAS. This is   only way Nigerians will take him serious and show he is on top of the situation. We don’t have confidence on the Defence Headquarters which our presidency gave directive to investigate the matter. 

“The Federal Government should set up a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to be headed by a Judge, with the representatives of  credible rights groups as members. The Army cannot be a judge in it’s own case, where they are the accused. It is an aberation” the group said.

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