Judicial Commission Of Inquiry Strikes Out Petition For Lack Of Victim Family’s Consent

By Kalu Idika- Lafia

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital has dismissed a petition filed by a human rights activist Professor Amos Awodiya over the alleged extra-judicial killing of Murtala Abdullahi by one of the men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Akwanga.

Chairman of the commission, Justice Badamasi Maina retired struck out the memorandum at the commencement of public sitting of the commission into activities of the F-SARS.

According to the Chairman, Professor Awodiya failed to prove to the commission of inquiry that he was representing the victim’s family as the elder brother of the deceased insisted that the family had no business with the Professor.

He told the commission that the legal representative known by his family is Barrister Ali Akaba who has since submitted a memorandum on behalf of his family.

However, Professor Amos Awodiya argued that he was engaged by the victim’s family as a human right activist but has nothing to loose if the Elder brother of the deceased denied him before the commission.

Meanwhile, a total of 16 petitions were mentioned and different dates were fixed for continuation of hearing by the Chairman of the commission.

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