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NHRC condemns killing of pregnant woman, children

The National Human Rights Commission has condemned in strong terms the killing of a pregnant woman, Fatima, and her four children in cold blood in Anambra state allegedly by Unknown Gunmen.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission Mr. Tony Ojukwu described the killing as one of the worst forms of criminality and human rights violation, which portrayed Nigeria in a very bad light.

The Executive Secretary in a statement in Abuja while reacting to the unfortunate killing of the innocent woman and her children in their fatherland, observed that the country for some time now had been repleted with negative stories of killings, kidnappings, armed banditry, rape being perpetrated on a daily basis.

Mr. Ojukwu further decried the incessant killings as gross violations of the right to life and dignity of the human person guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and other national and global regional human rights instruments which Nigeria enacted and a party.

He tasked the Police, to as a matter of urgency, carry out a comprehensive investigation into the killing of Fatima and her children with a view to serving justice on all the parties involved. “We are keenly monitoring the Police investigation, in this case, to ensure that those who are behind this inhuman and wicked act are quickly prosecuted and consequently punished in accordance with the relevant national, regional and international laws.

Mr. Ojukwu warned those championing different ideological and political causes, to always put the security of Nigeria first above any other considerations, adding that “we must first of all be alive peacefully as citizens before we agitate for one interest or another, and always bear in mind that setting the Country on the path of violence and disunity would rather worsen our problems”.

Reporting by Bose Ijelekai, editing by Daniel Adejo