ABUJA (Federal Ministry of Justice Report) – The Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has drawn the attention of the Nigerian public to media reports in the print and electronic media, particularly on Channels Television on the indictment of the Nigerian Army, the State Security Services and the Attorney General of the Federation by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) regarding the alleged Apo Killings in Some Uncompleted Squatter Buildings in Gudu / Apo District of Abuja.
A statement from the Chief Press Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Ambrose Momoh has said that the reports which border on the matter involving encounters with Internal Security Agencies on September 20, 2013 should be disregarded as they relate to the Attorney General of the Federation, who appeared as a Judge Advocate for the proceedings of the NHRC.
According to the statement, ‘at no time has any general or specific allegations been made against the person or Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, warranting the making of findings by the Commission, neither the indictment reported in the media.’
It stated that the Minister of Justice has advised the general public to carefully read the decisions and orders of the Commission dated April 7, 2014 in respect of Complaint No. C/2013/7908/HQ, which confirmed that no such indictment has been made against the office.
“The NHRC merely ordered and directed that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is to ensure that evidence of payment is lodged with the Registry of the National Human Rights Commission within thirty days of the present decision,” it indicated.
The statement further disclosed that the content of the report should not in any way be construed as an indictment on the Attorney General of the Federation as he is only expected by the NHRC to ensure that the awards made against the Government of the Federation are paid within the stipulated period.
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