" ITREALMS: Unsolved assassination: Ekhomu advises FG to setup Special Investigators

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Unsolved assassination: Ekhomu advises FG to setup Special Investigators

The President, Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON), Dr. Ona Ekhomu has advised the Federal Government to set up a high-powered Special Board of Inquiry (SBOI) to competently investigate high profile murder and assassination cases in the country. Ekhomu said the Special Board of Inquiry should be given wide powers to summon witnesses, police investigators, experts and political actors who can shed light on the cases.

Ekhomu said the image of Nigeria will be greatly improved if the government matched its pronouncement about reopening and resolving cold cases with resolute action. He said that the unresolved assassination of Chief Bola Ige, Engr. Funsho Williams, Dr. Harry Marshall, Pa Alfred Rewane, among others was a poor commentary on the capability and commitment of Nigeria to redress the human rights of persons murdered in the country. 

“Aside from the rights of the victims, solving these cold cases will give closure to the families of the victims. It will also reduce the pervasive culture of impunity in the country,” he added.

A Professional Certified Investigator (PCI), Dr. Ekhomu advised that the already over-burdened and under-equipped police agency should not be appointed to lead the investigations. Instead a brilliant and energetic judicial officer should be appointed to head the SBOI. The Chairman should then hand-pick experts and specialists to assist him carry out this presidential assignment.

According to the first chartered security expert in Nigeria, the Special Board of Inquiry team membership should include homicide detectives,  investigative experts including private investigators, forensic scientists, computer experts, fraud auditors, criminal profilers and others.  He called for criminal law experts, document examiners and other core investigative specialties.

Ekhomu commended Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for revisiting the unsolved murders and assassinations. He opined that unraveling the crimes would serve as a lasting legacy for the Buhari administration.  He urged the President to use the full weight and moral authority of his office to ensure that the SBOI succeeded as it is suspected that powerful politicians may have been behind the heinous crimes.

He said that the Federal Government should resist the temptation to make this a political job opportunity. “The decision rule here should be the competence and integrity of the Chairman and members of the SBOI”, he added.

He said that unsolved cases tended to reduce trust in the abilities of he government to detect perpetrators of serious crimes such as assassination, terrorism, murder, etc.

He advised the SBOI to utilize powerful conceptual models and computer modeling/tools to aid its information gathering and analytic tasks. He advised the SBOI to use nonlinear, stochastic, dynamic models to conduct the inquiry. 

According to Dr. Ekhomu, “the investigators must utilize target-centric models and more detailed component models such as sub-models and collateral models in identifying the killers and developing evidence of probative value that would result in conviction in a court of law.”

He concluded that if the Federal Government through the instrumentality of the SBOI conducted a transparent and competent investigation of the high profile assassination cases, then it “may not be accused of carrying out a political witch-hunt against the oppositions.”

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