The Executive Secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu, was quoted in the commission’s statement as calling for an in-depth investigation into the killing “with a view to bringing anyone involved in the dastardly act to book”.
“These acts of extra-judicial killing by the police have made human life inconsequential in Nigeria,” Ojukwu was quoted as saying in the statement by NHRC’s Director Corporate Affairs and External Linkages, Lambert Oparah.
The commission expressed disappointment “over this sad development” which it said defied its earlier warning of caution to both the police and the Shiites.
The statement read in part, “The National Human Rights Commission has condemned the alleged killing of some members of the Shiites on Tuesday while on Ashura annual mourning procession across the nation.
“Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu, reacting to the alleged killing of the Shiite members in Abuja, called for an in-depth investigation into the killings with a view to bringing any one involved in the dastardly act to book.
“The commission, he said, is disappointed over this sad development in spite of its earlier warning of caution to both the police and members of the Shiite who intend to embark on the annual procession, adding that the continued acts of violence leading to loss of lives and wanton destruction of property in avoidable circumstances is unacceptable.”
The commission urged “the police to always mainstream human rights in their operations”.
Ojukwu also “called on the Inspector-General of Police to sanction all commissioners of police under whose command these extra-judicial killings were perpetrated and prosecute all operational officers under whose supervision the peaceful processing members of the Shiite religious sect were killed.”