By Olayinka Ajayi

The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has lamented over the recent incidences of killings of citizens in Lagos.

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According to the group the number of Police extrajudicial killings and murders by criminal gangs in Lagos within last weeks has raised the concern of CDHR on the security of lives of citizens.

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In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine, the committee condemned the attack on Dr. Stephen Urueye by assailants on Thursday, 4th April, 2019 at the Idi Araba area leading to his death on Friday, 5th April, coming two days after his convocation on Wednesday and only a few days after the incidence of extrajudicial murder of Kolade Johnson, another slain citizen, by errant Inspector Ogunyemi Olalekan at Mangoro/Onipetesi area on Sunday, 31st March, 2019.  Earlier, there was the incidence of extrajudicial killing of a school girl in the Ikorodu area by errant policemen.

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Angered by these avoidable killings, CDHR vehemently berated the Nigerian Police over the murders of innocent citizens, with impunity and recklessness, indicative of lack of professionalism and over zealousness among some men of the Police Force.

The Committee however commended the swift actions of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Acting Inspector General, Mohammed Adamu and particularly the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Mr. Zubairu Muazu, for efforts made so far‎.

The group ‎urged the Police to device measures to stop the baseless killings of innocent Nigerians, almost daily, in Lagos and at different parts of the country, “as if the life of a Nigerian is utterly worthless”.

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