Chairman, Governing Board of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Chidi Anselem Odinkalu, on Friday, charged President Goodluck Jonathan and the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, to stop their supporters from the killing of innocent Nigerians and policemen ahead of the general elections in the country.
According to Odinkalu, more than 28 policemen were killed by suspected political thugs in February alone.
He said this in Abuja when the Ekiti State government and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state were at that NHRC to drop their response to the allegations by the Ekiti State chapter of the APC that Governor Ayo Fayose was sponsoring the killings of opposition members in the state. Odinkalu said that the commission would look into the petitions dispassionately.
“We are happy that you have chosen to come to respond to the allegations against Mr. Ayodele Fayose. Upon the receipt of the petition, we dispatched an invitation to the governor and the PDP chairman in Ekiti State,” the Executive Secretary of the commission, Professor Bem Angwe said as he received the response.
“On the receipt of that petition, we said the commission would invoke its powers to ensure that justice is done and that whoever is found guilty of these abuses irrespective of his/her position, would be made to face justice as there is no immunity when it comes to the abuse of the rights of Nigerians. We would invoke our powers and involve international human rights bodies to ensure that justice is done,” he said.