October 6, 2022

NHRC Boss, Ojukwu Assures Fulani Community of Justice Over Killings in Edo State

…As Matasan Fulani Association Submits Petition to NHRC

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Executive Secretary, NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu (SAN)

By Shola Akingboye, 6 December 2021

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), has assured the Association of Matasan Fulani of Nigeria (AMFN) that the Commission will thoroughly investigate the alleged killing of four Fulani boys in Edo state last weekend to ensure those found culpable are brought to book.

The Executive Secretary, Tony Oukwu Esq, made the assurances in Abuja, when members of the Association visited the Commission to register their grievances and to file a petition over the alleged atrocious killing in Edo state and attacks of the Members of the group in Anambra state.

The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria however assures that the Commission will reach out to the Office of the Inspector General of Police, and the Commissioners of Police of the affected states to ascertain what really happened and the action they might have taken in the circumstances.

He said the Commission will engage the affected Communities via town hall meetings to hear their sides of the report beforeĀ  arriving at an amicable settlement of issues as regards Fulani herdsmen and their host communities.

According to the Executive Secretary, “every Nigerian irrespective of your ethnic origin or religion is entitled to live freely and carry out their businesses without harassment or intimidation of any nature, and even when there is reason to complain, it has to follow the due process of the law.”

“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.

The Chief human rights officer stated that everyone is protected by the law irrespective of your religion or ethnic backround, and that it is unlawful for anyone to take the law into their own hands, either for self-help or for any other reason whatsoever.

Earlier, the Chairman of Matasan Fulani Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Shuaibu Haruna Sogiji who led other members of his group said they were in the Commission 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.

Alhaji Sogiji lamented to the Executive Secretary, the alleged killing and setting ablaze of the four Fulani boys in a Community in Edo state, while they went to purchase some foodstuffs.

He told the Executive Secretary that the dastardly act was carried out despite protests by some other Fulani persons who identified the unfortunate victims as law-abiding citizens.

He narrated to him that while the plea to let the boys fell on deaf ears, their assailants, namelly the Vigilante group rather became deadlier and chased those begging them to their residences and burnt down their houses.

Besides, the Chairman informed the Executive Secretary that even though his association wrote a petition to the DPO of the Police station in those community where the incident took place in the affected state, “nothing was done so far to address the issue” He added.

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