- Posted September 24, 2013 by
Apo 10: Keke NAPEP Riders, Garki Traders Say Victims Were Members
Claims by residents and groups that the victims of the shooting by security operatives at an uncompleted building behind Apo Legislative Quarters, Abuja last Friday were artisans, traders, and keke NAPEP riders who lived at the building because they couldn’t afford high cost of rent in Abuja may be true after all as groups are beginning to surface to identify with their dead comrades. Garki Modern Market Traders Association yesterday vowed to drag the security service to court claiming those who were killed were its members and were innocent. the association has started briefing its lawyers with a view to dragging the Department of State Service, DSS,to court over the killing of its members at an uncompleted building, behind the Apo Legislative Quarters, in Abuja, last week. The Secretary of the association, Murtala Abubakar, said that they had already reported the murder of their members to the Senate and the National Human Rights Commission for appropriate actions against the murderers. Abubakar lamented: “Those people are eligible traders trading in our market so I don’t see why they should be killed.” According to him, “We lost two of our members as now, while eight were seriously wounded by the soldiers who shot them at close range. Five others are missing as we speak. “The security agents did not recover anything not even a gun. They were just saying that our members opened fire on them but they were just saying it to cover up because they don’t have any proof that these people are Boko Haram” Abubakar added that the DSS was still holding two of the association’s members who were arrested on Friday morning as they went back to collect their property from the scene of massacre. Also speaking, Abuja Keke Napep Chairman, Musa Ibrahim said, “We are here this morning to take the remaining two bodies from the mortuary although one of the bodies has been here in Asokoro Hospital mortuary since Friday. “We took seven bodies and gave them to their relatives since the day of the attack. The body that was deposited in mortuary was as a result of our not being able to get in touch with the family. “We have been able to establish contact with all the families of the slain men. Meanwhile, we just lost another victim who was rushed to the hospital that Friday. His name was Nasiru Adamu, and hailed from Zamfara State. “The seven that were killed that day were all our Keke NAPEP members; we issued them with identity cards, which they were carrying at the time of their death. “They had lived in that uncompleted building for over two years and were paying N200 weekly to the security guard of the building as a caretaker of the landlord. “Even the owner of the building was aware that these people were living in the house. He had given them a quit notice and they were preparing to leave a day before the attack. “After the attack, there were no security operatives around the building; it was our members who even informed the nearest police station to come around. “If those who were left in the building were actually Boko Haram, they would have run away after the attack.