The families of six young Nigerians killed unlawfully 15 years ago by the police in the nation’s capital, Abuja, say they want the matter revisited now that the country’s attention is on solving wanton police brutality.
The #EndSARS movement has been on for over two weeks, with street protests across the country demanding an end to police brutality.
The families of the Apo Six, as the victims of the 2005 killings became known, say they want those responsible for the killing punished and compensation paid for the extrajudicial deaths of their lives ones.
Danjuma Ibrahim is not a member of the newly disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) widely accused of vicious killings and endless police brutalities.
He is the police official, (a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) at the time) who ordered the shooting of a man, his fiancé and four of his friends 15 years ago.
In one of the most heinous extra-judicial killings Nigerians can remember, Mr Danjuma, on the night of June 7, 2005, unleashed trigger-happy-cops on six innocent youth who have come to be known as the “Apo Six” after his love advances on Augustina, the only female among them, were rebuffed.
The incident took place at Gimbiya street, Area 11 in Abuja. The night was meant to be a night of merrymaking for Ifeanyi Ozor, Chinedu Meniru, Augustina Arebu, Anthony Nwokike, Paulinus Ogbonna, and Ekene Isaac Mgbe.
But Nigerians would later be riveted with the horrific news of their deaths in the hands of the policemen.
The police had claimed that the victims, aged between 21 and 25 years, were members of an armed robbery gang that had opened fire on the officers when accosted at a checkpoint.