Senate Probes Resumption Of NHRC Boss Without Confirmation

The Senate is asking its Committee on Judiciary Human Rights and Legal Matters to immediately open investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged resumption of the Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, {NHRC}, Mr Tony Ojukwu, without confirmation from the Senate.

This decision by the Senate follows a Point of Order from Senator Dino Melaye, who is drawing the attention of the Senate to how the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubarka Mallami allegedly ordered Mr Ojukwu to resume office which he says is in contravention of the Civil Service Rules and the Act establishing the commission.

Senator Melaye says the action by the AGF is an affront to the Senate.

He is, therefore, calling on the Senate to henceforth disqualify appointees who resume without confirmation from the Senate.

The Senate also warns against the practice of appointees of government resuming office without Senate confirmation and is asking the AGF to ensure that this practice does not reoccur.

Zaria Massacre: Shiite Severe Ties With NHRC Panel Of Investigation

The Islamic Movement says it has severed ties with the panel of investigation on alleged attack on convoy of the Chief of army staff by Shiites in Zaria on the 12th December 2015 set up by the National Human Rights Commission.

The Shiite in a statement signed by the President of the group’s Media Forum, Ibrahim Musa, the Islamic Movement said it resolved to discontinue its participation, appearance and involvement with the Panel due to the following reasons: At the time of setting up of the Panel, the tenure of the Governing Council of the Commission had expired and under the Rules of the Commission, the Executive Secretary of the Commission is not vested with the power and the mandate to decide on petitions, cases and complaints of violations of human rights received from individuals or other persons or communities.

Secondly, the group said it was uncomfortable with the methodology adopted by the National Human Rights Commission relating to the Complaint filed.

“We find it odd that we are unable to confront the complainant in the petition and test the veracity of all his assertions.” The Islamic Movement said.

The group further said a letter on its decision has already been sent to Tony Ojukwu Esq, Chairman, Panel of Investigation National Human Rights Commission No. 19 Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama, Abuja.

It can be remembered shortly after the army’s attack on the Islamic movement, the Chief of army Staff quickly rushed to the NHRC, claiming that an attempt was made on his life.

Later the Islamic Movement tendered its memorandum on the claims made by the army General to the Commission.

However, the group said with the current development, the impartiality and credibility of the investigative panel has been compromised.

“We will therefore cease any cooperation with the panel on this matter.” The group said.