By Archibong Jeremiah
The National Human Rights Commission has assured the families of victims of the notorious Calabar killer cops that the commission will stand by their families and ensure that justice is done for them over the death of their loved ones.
Late Maurice Derek Ben, an Accounting student of UNICAL was one of the eight victims of the April 17th, 2014 extra-judicial killings in Calabar, Cross River State by a notorious gang of 14 policemen attached to the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS.
14 of the killer cops have been arrested after a police investigative panel report indicted them and recommended their dismissal and prosecution. 11 of the junior officers have already been dismissed and are in detention awaiting trial while the other three senior officers involved are awaiting their fate from the Police Service Commission.
Families of the victims had written to the Commission seeking their intervention following suspicions that authorities in Calabar were foot dragging on the matter.
The Commission in a reply which was signed by Aghware Cordelia on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the Commission, dated 8th September, 2015 with reference number C/2014/3472-3473/HQ (Re: Complaint of alleged extra-judicial killing of Derek Maurice Ben) obtained by CrossRiverWatch, advised the families to follow up the matter at the State branch with assurances that the head office will work in conjunction with the state office to make sure justice is done.
It will be recalled that Derek was killed along with seven other persons on the same night.
The killer cops have since been arrested after a police investigative panel indicted them and recommended their prosecution.
The suspects who resisted an initial attempt to arraign them in court on November 21, 2014 are still in detention waiting to be arraigned in courts.
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