NHRC INVESTIGATES THE EXTRA JUDICIAL  KILLING OF UNIJOS UNDERGRADUATE, RINJI PETER BALA.

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The National  Human Rights  Commission ( NHRC) has condemned in strong  terms the recent gruesome killing of a young University  of Jos  undergraduate, Rinji Peter Bala  allegedly by  security operatives along  Zaria Road, Jos, Plateau State. 

The Commission’s  Executive Secretary Tony Ojukwu esq said  the  apex Human rights body has launched a full scale investigation into the  unfortunate death of  the  student sequel to the preliminary  findings received by the office headquarters,  Abuja. 

The Commission described the  killing of Rinji as inhuman and  a gross  violation of his right to life as enshrined in the Constitution of  the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended and other international human rights instruments to which Nigeria is a party.

  Consequently,  the Commission Ojukwu said  has directed  the Jos office of the Commission to  investigate  the  circumstances surrounding the killing of the young man with a veiw to bringing the perpetrators to book. 

A release by the Director Corporate Affairs and External Linkages of NHRC, Lambert  Oparah, quoted the Executive Secretary to have appealed to members of the public to remain calm promising  that all those involved in the destardly act will be fished out and brought book. 

    “This is in line with the Commission’s  mandate of  monitoring and investigating  all alleged cases of human rights violations in the country and seek appropriate redress and remedies  for victims” 

 The NHRC Executive Secretary Commiserated  with the family of  the deceased  and calls for calm , assuring that no stone will be left unturned in getting to the root of the sad  incident .

At the wake of the COVID-19 Lockdown,  the NHRC has been working with relevant CSO’S and members of the public in monitoring and documenting human rights violations by law enforcement agencies. Between 31st March and 4th May 2020 , of the lockdown, the Commission documented a total of 209 rights violations bordering on Extra Judicial killings,  torture, inhuman and degrading treatment,violations of rights to freedom of movement,  unlawful arrest and detention, seizure of properties,  Gender based ,  (SGBV) as well as domestic violence . Twenty-nine (29) of the complaints  were  extrajudicial killings,  resulting to deaths.

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