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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Jonathan Drags Obasanjo To Human Rights Commission

In what appears a desperate effort to kill the talk about training snipers and putting some Nigerians, about 1000 on 'Political Watch List',  President Goodlcuk Jonathan has taken his case against ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
Obasanjo had warned Jonathan in his 18-page letter that:
“Allegation of keeping over 1,000 people on political watch list rather than criminal or security watch list and training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely acquiring weapons to match for political purposes like Abacha, and training them where Abacha trained his own killers, if it is true, cannot augur well for the initiator..."
The Presidency has, therefore, asked the commission to investigate the allegations through a letter sent to the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof Bem Angwe.

A source in the commission, who confirmed the receipt of the December 23, 2013 letter, said Obasanjo may be invited for interaction on his allegation.

The Presidency directed the NHRC to, among others, “investigate the allegations bothering on the human rights violations contained on pages 9-10 of the letter dated 2nd December 2013, written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo (GCFR) to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GCFR) attached to the memorandum under reference."

A top source in the Human Rights Commision said: “The question of being on political watch list raises some human rights issues. What I can assure you of is that we will be fair to all sides.”

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