Civil society group, Kwara Must Change (KMC), has alleged that the Senate President, Mr. Bukola Saraki, has been using his office to prevent the arrest and prosecution of soldiers, who killed three youths in Lafiagi town, Kwara State. The allegation was contained in a statement issued by the group on Sunday.
The murder of the three youths took place during the November 17 protest against the poor representation provided by Mr. Shaaba Lafiagi, the senator representing Kwara North Senatorial District and Mr. Saraki's ally.
"Reports have it that this morning (Sunday), they ( Lafiagi's thugs) arranged 16 buses to convey more than 200 indigenes of Lafiagi to a meeting with the Senate President in Ilorin, the state capital. We reliably gathered that the meeting is to orchestrate how these
compromised people would mislead the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and other security agencies currently investigating the unfortunate incident with the aim of exonerating Senator Lafiagi," the statement said.
KMC had, on November 23, petitioned several agencies, including Police, Army, Federal Ministry of Justice, NHRC to demand a proper investigation into the killings.The NHRC acknowledged the petition through a letter dated 27 November. The commission, in the letter, stated that it has commenced an investigation into the matter. "The extra-judicial killings, which was ordered by Senator Sha'aba Lafiaji was registered as C/2017/8542-8547/HQ and the commission said it is currently receiving attention," KMC explained.
The group called on the Senate President to immediately desist from using his office against violated citizens. It maintained that the innocent youths, who lost their lives deserve justice. It further stated that if Mr. Saraki cannot join to demand justice, he should not attempt
to prevent it. The group assured all victims and their families that it will not give up until justice is served.