ADEKUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja
Senate on Wednesday ordered its standing Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to probe reinstatement of the Commander of the Unit, Danjuma Ibrahim , a deputy commissioner charged with 2005 Apo six murder, to Police Force.
Senate’s decision was sequel to Point of Order raised by Senator Ogbuoji Sonni ,who expressed dissatisfaction to reinstatement of Danjuma into Police Force despite willfully killed those people.
Ogbuoji said the reinstatement of Danjuma has generated a lot of tension among the people who were killed.
He, however, demanded for the Senate’s intervention in the matter.
He said, “Sometimes in 2005, there was an incident that led to killings of six young people at the police check point. The then President set up a panel of enquiry to look into the matter when Nigerians were disatisfied with the Police report on the matter.
“The commander of that particular police unit, one Danjuma Ibrahim, as we speak today, has been reinstated by the police,. Also, one of them, Othman Abdulsalami, is still at large. ”
Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki referred the matter to Senate Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to look into.
It would be recalled that Danjuma and four other officers were tried for the killing of the traders between the night of June 7 and 8, 2005. They had spent some time at a club on Gimbiya Street, Area 11, and were returning to their home in Apo neighbourhood when they encountered some police officers that fired at them.
The police had initially said that the victims, whose ages were between ages 21 and 25 and included a woman, were armed robbers.
But a panel set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo to look into the matter disputed most of the account by the police and recommended Mr. Danjuma and his men for trial.
All the officers were immediately placed on suspension by the police.
Twelve years later, two of the officers were convicted and sentenced to death, but the FCT High Court presiding judge, Ishaq Bello, said there was no evidence to convict Mr. Danjuma and two others.
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