Lockdown: Senate President condemns alleged extra-judicial killings

By Haruna

The Senate , Ahmad Lawan has condemned cases of extra-judicial killings by in the course of the enforcement of lockdown, ordered in parts of the country as reported by the National Commission (NHRC) to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.

This is contained in a statement by Ola Awoniyi, Special Adviser (Media) to of the Senate on Friday.

Lawan said he was saddened by the report by the NHRC that 18 persons were killed by high-handed security officers tasked to enforce the stay-at-home directives.

“Extra-judicial killings, in whatever guise, should be discouraged in our society” adding that there should be “a thorough investigation of the cases and that those indicted be promptly brought to account.

“Life is sacred. It is a tragedy that those asked to enforce compliance with emergency measures adopted for public safety are now being accused of for needless and totally avoidable deaths of citizens,” Lawan said.

The Senate said “any officer found culpable of unprofessional use of weapons should, as a standard practice, be made to face prosecution”.

In the same vein, Lawan, has commiserated with the victims of the fire incident that occurred on Thursday at a camp housing Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Ngala, Borno .

Lawan mourned the 14 who lost their lives, sympathised with those in the inferno and commiserated with the Government and of Borno over the tragic incident.

He on relevant to investigate the incident with a view to averting a re-occurrence.