In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Joseph Otteh, the organisation said it refused to accept the rationalisation for the death of Niweigha by police authorities, it is therefore asking for a credible, independent investigation into the shooting incident.
Â Happening when the country was marking 10 years of democratic rule, the group said the “killing was a sad, unmistakable portrait of just how far things have changed in Nigeria ten years after the transition”. It disclosed that the account of Niweigha’s death fitted the well-known template the police often used to cover deliberate and pre-planned killings of criminal suspects, to the point, now, that anyone can almost predict the storyline before the story actually breaks.
The group argued thatÂ the killingÂ sounded much like a premeditated, vengeful case of an extra-judicial killing of someone long sought after with an unremitting grouse.
It called on the President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua administration to order a full-scale probe into the killing in order to make the point that it was not an official policy of the state to exterminate criminal suspects in cold blood when apprehended.Â
It also submitted that if Niweigha was responsible for the death of policemen 10 years ago, he should have been charged for the offence as time does not run against crimes of that nature.