NATIONAL Human Rights Commission,
NHRC, has commenced preliminary
investigation into alleged torture of a twenty
month old baby, Musa Murtala in Kano state
even as it assured those who perpetrated
such act must face the full wrath of the law.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press
Officer of the Commission, Mrs. Fatimah
Agwai Mohammed and made available
to Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, the Executive
Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bem
Angwe stated this while reacting to the
gruesome picture of the baby on the front
page of Daily Trust newspaper of May 25,
2016 edition.
He disclosed that the Commission had
received preliminary reports on the incidents
from its zonal office in Kano stressing that
he will ensure that all those involved in the
dastardly act will be made to face the wrath
of the law.
Prof. Angwe said that preliminary
investigation conducted by the officials of
the Commission indicated that the alleged
violators are now being detained at the State
Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, in Bompai, while more suspects are being sort
for by security operatives in connection with
the incident.
Findings of the Commission’s Zonal office
also revealed little Murtala is currently receiving
treatment when the officials visited the hospital.
Murtala’s mother, Bilkisu disclosed that her
baby was brought to the hospital following
multiple fractures on his arms and legs, a cut
on the tongue and testes as well as an injury to
his right eye.
While condemning the heinous act, Prof
Angwe hinted that “no cause justifies human
rights abuse” adding that section 34(a) of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
1999, states that “no person shall be subjected
to torture or to inhuman and degrading
The Executive Secretary however commended
the Kano state Police Commissioner, Mr. Abbati
Dikko for his quick intervention leading to the
arrest and handing over of the suspects to the
SCID for further investigation and prosecution.
He therefore charged Nigerians against hiring
under aged children for house chores or menial
works pointing out that “this vulnerable group
could easily be molested and abused by those
who engage them or even other members of the
public,” he said.

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