Col. Umar Demands Thorough, Transparent Investigation Into Abuja Massacre



columarFormer Governor of Kaduna State,Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd) has called for a thorough investigation into the “ massacre of apparently unarmed, homeless people in the Apo area of Abuja last week by officials of the department of state security”.
Umar in a statement today said , “To show respect for the people, a thorough and transparent investigation must be conducted without further delay. The investigation should find answers to the questions that have been on every ones’ lips since Friday: how can an intelligence gathering outfit find itself conducting an internal security operation with little or minimal coordination with the police and the military?”
The former governor added that the incident puts a question mark on the credibility of the armed forces’ counter insurgency operations so far. “For the armed services, the question whether or not to enquire into last week’s catastrophe goes beyond finding out if someone had gone rogue or abused his powers. They need not be told that such high handed and heinous acts call into question the credibility of the bulletins they have churned out on the long running counter-insurgency operations going on in the country. Armed forces shorn of credibility is a disservice to Nigeria and a subversion of this country’s security administration. If the people of Nigeria are hard put to trust their armed services to protect them, what chances are there that the rest of the world will trust them with actions that truly matter to our security?
Read the full text of Dangiwa’s Statement below:

ACT NOW
By Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd)

The authorities must not look for alibi or some excuse to avoid responding to the public outcry over the massacre of apparently unarmed, homeless people in the Apo area of Abuja last week by officials of the department of state security. It is obvious the public is outraged both by the gruesomeness of the killings as well as the attempt to explain it in ways that beggars common sense.
To show respect for the people, a thorough and transparent investigation must be conducted without further delay. The investigation should find answers to the questions that have been on every ones’ lips since Friday: how can an intelligence gathering outfit find itself conducting an internal security operation with little or minimal coordination with the police and the military? What efforts did the SSS make to verify the intelligence they claimed to have received and how much pain did they bear to avoid or minimize casualties? If indeed they had established beyond reasonable doubts that the vagabonds residing in the uncompleted building were members of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group, what did they do with the landlord? Did they interogate him? What weapons have they found? Have they demolished the building?
For the armed services, the question whether or not to enquire into last week’s catastrophe goes beyond finding out if someone had gone rogue or abused his powers. They need not be told that such high handed and heinous acts call into question the credibility of the bulletins they have churned out on the long running counter-insurgency operations going on in the country. Armed forces shorn of credibility is a disservice to Nigeria and a subversion of this country’s security administration. If the people of Nigeria are hard put to trust their armed services to protect them, what chances are there that the rest of the world will trust them with actions that truly matter to our security?

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