The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has assured that thorough investigation would be made on alleged killing of four Fulani boys in Edo state.
The Commission said this is key to ensuring that any culprits are brought to book and to forestall further clashes.
The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu made this known in Abuja when members of the Matasan Fulani Association submitted a petition on the killing to him.
The association apart from visit the NHRC office to petition on the Edo killing, but to register their grievances over the attacks of the members of the group in Anambra state.
The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria, promised the group that the Commission will reach out to the Office of the Inspector General of Police and the Commissioners of Police of the affected states to ascertain what really happened and the action they might have taken in the circumstances.
He said that the Commission will engage the affected communities via town hall meetings to hear their own side of the story with a view to arriving at an amicable settlement of the issues around Fulani herdsmen and their host communities.
According to the Executive Secretary, every Nigerian irrespective of their ethnic, origin or religion are entitled to live freely and carry out their businesses without harassment or intimidation of any nature and even when there is reason to complain, it has to follow the due process of the law.
He said the alleged murder of the boys is most unfortunate and highly reprehensible as no one has the right to take another person’s life no matter how highly placed in the society, noting that It is only a court of competent jurisdiction that can sentence an offender to death.
Ojukwu saw that everyone is protected by the law irrespective of his religion or ethnic background and that it is unlawful for any one to take the law into their own hands, either for self-help or for any other reason whatsoever.
Earlier, the Chairman of Matasan Fulani Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Shuaibu Haruna Sogiji, who led other members of his group said they were in the Commission, to file a petition against some communities in the southern part of Nigeria particularly in Edo and Anambra states where some Fulani herders have recently been attacked and their cows killed and stolen.
Sogiji lamented to the Executive Secretary, the alleged killing and setting ablaze of the four Fulani boys in a community in Edo state, while they went to purchase some foodstuffs.
He told the Executive Secretary that the dastardly act was carried out despite protests by some other Fulani persons who identified the unfortunate victims as law abiding citizens.
He narrated that while the plea to let the boys go fell on deaf ears, their assailants, namely vigilante group rather became deadlier and chased those begging them to their residences and burnt down their houses.
Besides, the Chairman informed the Executive Secretary that even though his association wrote a petition to the DPO of the police station in the community where the incident took place in Edo state and “nothing was done so far” to address the issue.