- The federal government presented a cheque of N135 million to Apo victims
- The victims were killed in 2013 by DSS operatives during a raid
- The money will be paid after due verification has been carried out
The federal government has issued a cheque of N135 million to families of those who were killed and wounded at some squatters in the Apo Area of Abuja.
Channels TV reports that the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, who presented the cheque said the decision was based on the outcome of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The NHRC had found out that the victims were thought to be Boko Haram members but findings revealed they were not.
The Department of State Service had carried out a raid on an uncompleted building in the APC area in September 2013 leading to the death of eight persons while 11 others where left injured.
The Professor Chidi Odinkalu-led inquiry found out that the DSS had violated their rights and ordered the compensation.
Malami said he persuaded the DSS to accept the verdic following series of meetings.
He said: “This gesture in no small measure has emphasised the role of the National Human Rights Commission as an independent organisation, which statutory duties for the promotion and protection of human rights.
“It also serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the enjoyment of human rights. The commission performs its statutory functions without interference from the Federal Government.”
The commission said the payment would be made to their accounts after verification.
Meanwhile, Danjuma Ibrahim, a police officer mentioned in the killing of six persons in Apo, Abuja, in 2005, has been promoted to the office of Assistant Inspector General of police (AIG).
Ibrahim Idris, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), decorated him with the new rank on Monday, March 19, at the force headquarters in Abuja, The Cable reports.
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