…As commission receives petition over murder of Sokoto Sheik
By Ameh Ejekwonyilo
The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu on Monday solicited the support of stakeholders in the validation of the Commission’s service charter for effective service delivery.
Represented by Mrs Ngozi Okorie, a management staff of the Commission at a sensitization programme and validation of the NHRC service charter held in Abuja yesterday, . Ojukwu said there is a nexus between the NHRC and SERVICOM (Service charter), as both gears towards the improvement in service delivery in the country.
He stated that the Commission’s service charter will define the role of the Commission as a human right institution, show its commitment in carrying out its statutory functions and to provide information on how NHRC services can be accessed with time line.
In her speech, the National Coordinator, SERVICOM, Mrs Nnena Akajemeni said the public has high expectations from the NHRC in the area of service delivery.
She charged the Commission’s staff to work towards ensuring that Nigerians enjoy their rights, without any molestation from anybody or institution
“We should build a commission where human rights are upheld and Nigerians get quality service delivery”, she said.
Also, the commission has informed members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) that it will investigate their petition alleging that the Police shot Sheikh Kasim Umar Sokoto, one of their members while protesting against the continued detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
The Commission’s Director of Legal Services and Enforcement, Mr. Olaniyi Omodara who received the members of the movement on behalf of the Acting Executive Secretary stated this at the headquarters of the Commission when he received IMN members who came to file a petition on the killing of Sheik Umar Sokoto.
Mr. Omodara urged the IMN members also known as Shiites to ensure that their protests were always carried out in a peaceful manner adding that the Commission will investigate the circumstances behind the death of their member with a view to ensuring that justice is done in accordance with the law.
He also urged the group to attach all necessary documents and evidence needed to substantiate their allegation against the Police on the killing of Sheik Umar Sokoto to enable the Commission arrive at an informed decision on the petition.
On the continued detention of Shiite leader, Mr. Omodara assured the groups to exercise patience as appropriate steps are being taken to actualize the release of their leader.
Earlier, a representative of the Shiite group, Sheikh Abdullahi Zango urged the Commission to carry out a thorough investigation into the alleged shooting of Sheikh Umar Sokoto by the Police and ensure that the culprit is brought to book.
He alleged that Sheikh Umar Sokoto was shot by the Police with a poisoned bullet in January this year and he later died in the hospital.
The Islamic cleric restated that IMN believed in peaceful protests and that the members had always conducted themselves in the most responsible manner and therefore would never be deterred in their demand for justice and fairness in any of their matters including the demand for the release of Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.