NHRC To Watch Brief In The Trial Of 11 Suspects Of Port Harcourt Killings



The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, has directed the Co-ordinator of the Commission’s South-South Zonal Office, Barrister Desmond Nduka Ezenwugo, to hold watching brief the trial of the 11 suspects charged to court by the Police connection the gruesome murder of 4 persons at Umokiri-Aluu village, near the University of Port Harcourt.

Speaking while leading senior of the Commission for on-site investigation Port Harcourt, Prof. Angwe said the Commission is empowered under the NHRC (Amendment) Act 2010, to intervene matters before the law courts.

said the speedy and fair trial of the suspects is necessary order to assuage public outrage and restore confidence the system.  condemned the gruesome murder as uncivilized, barbaric  and said “nobody has the right to take another person’s life, no matter the circumstances”.

Prof. Angwe decried the late involvement of the Police in the matter and said the Commission and the Police authorities were investigating the circumstances for the delay in Police .

advised that suspected activities should be promptly reported to law enforcement agencies, who be held responsible if they fail to provide adequate .

Speaking while receiving Prof. Angwe, the Acting of Police (CP) of the State, Deputy of Police (DCP), Rivers State, Thomas O. Etomi, disclosed that thirteen (13) suspects were arrested in connection the incident.  Eleven (11) suspects, said, have been charged to court while the others are assisting the Police in further investigations. described the incident as unfortunate and said the Police are looking for the alleged cult leader suspected to have instigated the incident.

DCP Etomi said the general public should report activities promptly to the Police if such unfortunate acts of lawlessness are to be averted in the future.

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Joseph Ajienka, confirmed that three of the four dead persons are students of the university.

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