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CSO's queries DSS Abia grave findings

11 April 2016, 20:31

Lagos – The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) has expressed mixed feelings over reports by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) it had unearthed shallow graves in Abia State, where victims allegedly killed by members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The graves have reportedly been found in Isiukwuato Local Government Area.

While it feels vindicated by the reported findings, Intersociety questioned the manner in which the investigations was handled as well as conclusions by the DSS that IPOB members were involved in the alleged killings.

“The DSS publication has completely vindicated the recent position of ours that Abia State is riddled with indiscriminate killing of unarmed civilian citizens and dumping of their lifeless bodies in shallow graves or burrow pits,” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety Board Chairman.

The civil society organisation has since February reported finding bodies of murdered citizens suspected to be members of IPOB.

“Informed alarms were raised, leading to our detailed compendium of facts and text to the Federal Government; yet no response till date,” Umeagbalasi said.

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“Just recently, there was another report of discovery of eight more dead bodies dumped in fold pit in the border town of Etche in Rivers State.”

While vindicated, Intersociety questioned DSS investigations and conclusions.

Umeagbalasi said by statutory establishment, the DSS functions were strictly restricted to interior intelligence, protection of VIPs and oversight or auxiliary functions in the areas of crimes against the State and public stability.

Such investigations as the DSS reported to have carried out must have been left to police.

“That is to say that the DSS magisterially usurped and encroached into an area outside its statutory and operational mandate; leading to quackery issuance of the public statement, quackery presentation of same with quackery and hasty conclusion,” said Umeagbalasi.

He said only the Homicide Department of the Nigeria Police Force could ascertain the true identities and nativities of those allegedly murdered and as well as those who allegedly killed them.

The Director of Coroner’s Inquest in Abia State, not DSS, could ascertain when and how they were murdered.

“The DSS account under reference is also terminally sick in reliability, validity, credibility and reality. It is also inter-service encroachment oriented,” said Umeagbalasi.




- CAJ News


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