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Police summon Odinkalu, NHRC boss

ABUJA — Chairman, Governing Council of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, has been summoned by the police authorities in Abuja for accusing the police of extra-judicial killings in the country.

Odinkalu was summoned to appear before the Force Criminal Investigation Department for interrogation.

In a letter by Dan Bature, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Odinkalu was ordered to appear before a Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department today by 11 am.

Odinkalu may likely be detained through the weekend, and possibly released on Monday, should he honour the invitation, it was gathered.

His summon, according to the letter, was over “investigating complaint of damaging remarks allegedly made by the Chairman, Governing Council of National Human Rights Commission, against the Nigeria Police Force.”

The remark, for which the police took offence,  was made n March 5, 2012, at a programme organised by National Association of Judiciary Correspondents.

Speaking on “Plea bargain and the administration of justice in Nigeria,” Odinkalu had said: “The response of law enforcement to the incapability of the legal system to ensure convictions is an epidemic of third degree policing, torture and extra judicial executions. By some estimates, the police execute well over 2,500 detainees summarily every year.”

It was gathered that the police hierarchy was not happy with the later part of the remark, which gave rise to the summons.


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