The Nigerian Police Force has directed the reinstatement of Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Danjuma, an officer that was tried and eventually freed from the case of extra-judicial killing of five young auto spare parts traders and a young woman on June 7, 2005, in Apo township, Abuja.
The victims of the killing were Ekene Isaac Mgbe, Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Paulinus Ogbonna, Anthony Nwokike, and Augustina Arebu, were returning from a nightclub when they were stopped at a police checkpoint and extra-judicially murdered by a contingent of policemen led by Danjuma.
The directive for the officer’s reinstatement was contained in a Police wireless message (DTO 1718000/11/2017) addressed to the Police Service Commission.
The wireless message, obtained by SaharaReporters, an online news medium, claims the reinstatement of Danjuma and other police officers included in the message following their successful “appeal of their dismissal from the Force”.
The officers are Danjuma Ibrahim, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fausat Azeez Oduwole, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Bethram Onuoha, Chief Superintendent, Okwuonu Allwell, a Chief Superintendent; Nonyerem Ejike Akubuike; a Deputy Superintendent of Police, Barakiya Yusuf and Onuorah Emmanuel, both Assistant Superintendents of Police.
However, Oseni Tajudeen, whose appeal was rejected, had his dismissal upheld.
Danjuma, the wireless message showed, will be paid the arrears of his salary dating back to June 18, 2005, and sent on a refresher course.
Danjuma was revealed as the officer who shot some of the traders and strangled the only female traveling that night they encountered the bloodthirsty police team.
The killing of the six persons provoked national outrage. The police had claimed that the victims, aged between 21 and 25 years, were members of a robbery gang that had shot at the officers at a checkpoint.
However, a judicial panel of inquiry set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo dismissed the police account as false and recommended the trial of the officers for extra-judicial killings.
The trial dragged for over a decade until two of the officers were sentenced to death in March 2017, curiously, Danjuma was freed by the Judge who sat on the case.