DSS Must Explain How 21 Detainees Were Killed – CACOL
A group, Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has slammed the Department of State Security (DSS) for killing 21 people suspected to be members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect on Sunday.
Executive Chairman of CACOL, Debo Adeniran, in statement condemned the DSS for what he called mass killing of the suspects and called for quick investigation into the incident.
Adeniran said it baffles every right-thinking Nigerian why it was difficult for men of the SSS to subdue only the inmate that allegedly disarmed their man.
Adeniran’s statement reads in part: “If the gun seized by the suspect contained 90 rounds of ammunition, why shooting for a prolonged time?
“The earlier story was that they were in handcuffs, how did the only one able to lose his mates? How did detainees have the opportunity to engage the SSS operatives for such long hour?
“How many guns did they have access to, to have given them the chance to engage the SSS men? These and many more are questions begging for answers from our secret police.
“It is worthy to note that this is not the first time such would happen and that presupposes what happened in places where security agencies claimed that they had confrontations with Boko Haram elements and killed them in droves.
“As a matter, it gives some insight into how their leader was killed initially and that could have been what had been replicating itself by the security agencies each time they maul down the members of the sect.
“Killing 21 people extra-judicially should be frowned at. The sanctity of life cannot be over-emphasised. It is not enough for the SSS to come up with cock and bull stories to bamboozle Nigerians, the fact must be laid bare.
“It is a good thing that the SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, claimed they have started investigation into the incident; the report of the incident must be made public.
“Nigerians want to know how 21 suspects got killed in a confrontation that had only one suspect overpowering an SSS official and there was only one gun to the advantage of the detainees.”
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