Eleven years after police in Abuja killed six Igbo traders in the Apo area of Abuja, purporting them as armed robbers, the Federal Government has been indicted for not mustering the political will to bring the suspects to justice.
“There is government interest in the Apo 6 killings” this paper was told.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday, however, also gathered that the culprits most of them allegedly police officers from the Federal Capital Territory, FCT command have not been brought to book and are reportedly walking the streets of the country free men.
The killings occurred in 2005 and there are still no clues as to the whereabouts of the mastermind, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO of Garki, who reportedly ordered the killings of the traders.
It was alleged that he escaped from where he was detained on the fifth floor of the Force Headquarters in suspicious circumstances.
Since the two incidents occurred, the whereabouts of the DPO has been unknown, likewise the status of the case.
But checks by Nigerian Pilot Sunday revealed that the police high command is lukewarm about the matter, especially as it affects high ranking officers. A close source in government circle and the police high command in Abuja told this paper, “The Police do not have the political will to continue the case. The prosecuting counsel has also not applied to the police for assistance,” he said.
According to the source, while members of the public are still awaiting the outcome of the case, the hands of the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, may have been tied since the case was already in court and could be prejudiced.
This paper gathered further that the penchant for extrajudicial killings and concealing same, is common within the police, but under Arase, it was not tolerated.
Only recently, a legal practitioner, Mr. Amobi Nnzelu, who had championed the case resulting into a police commission of inquiry ordered by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo, was quoted as lamenting the shoddy manner the federal prosecuting counsels have handled the case, suggesting that there is government interest which likely is shielding the suspects from facing further trial.
”Police won’t allow evidence against their own. Eleven years after APO six killing, we are still searching for the killers,” he said recently in Abuja.
It would be recalled that a lady and five traders at the Apo mechanic village were brutally murdered in questionable circumstances, in 2005.
Police officers who suspected them of being armed robbers followed them from a nightclub somewhere around Gimbiya Street in the Area 11 of Garki; they were later killed in very suspicious circumstance by the officers who claimed they were following the order of the then DPO of Garki, now at large.
Eleven years after, the suspects in the Apo six killing, who are policemen, have not been brought to book despite incriminating evidence said to be available to prosecute them.

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