The Senate Committees on National Security and Intelligence and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, which was mandated to investigate the September 20 killings of some squatters at an uncompleted building in Apo, Abuja, is to submit its findings next Wednesday.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Mamman Magoro, stated this in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, monitored in Abuja on Wednesday.
Sen. Magoro said the committee resolved to submit the report on the day when the Senate’s session is broadcast live on television.
He also dismissed fears that the investigation would be swept under the carpet in view of the time it was taking the committee to complete its assignment.
It would be recalled that the Apo incident had generated widespread condemnation with some Nigerians lampooning the security agencies for carrying out extra-judicial killing of the squatters, most of whom were tricycle operators. But the Department of State Security Services (SSS), which led the operation, claimed that those killed were members of the Boko Haram sect, who were using the building as a hide-out and armoury.
The SSS claimed that its operatives were attacked by sympathisers of the sect while attempting to exhume weapons buried in the uncompleted building based on intelligence reports received from some detained sect members.