2018 National Human Rights Commission || Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT ON DINO MELAYE

Posted: 2019-01-04


The National Human Rights Commission condemns in strong terms the method adopted by the Nigerian Police in laying siege in the house of Senator Dino Melaye and calls on the Inspector General of Police to direct the immediate withdrawal of his men from the Senator's house.

Executive Secretary NHRC Tony Ojukwu in a statement in Abuja faulted the methodology adopted by the Police in effecting the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye stressing that the right to freedom of movement of occupants of the house have been violated consequentially. He queried "is Senator Melaye the only occupant of the house? How about the rest of the family and other people in that house and neighborhood? It is not a matter of whether the doors are locked from inside or outside but the rest of the people are now terrified and unsure of their security due to the siege".

The Commission stated that under normal circumstances the Police ought to invite anybody for questioning and not to lay siege in the house thereby threatening infringement of the right of others.

The Commission stated that it will not tolerate any form of impunity particularly from the security agencies as we approach the elections.

The Commission will continue to condemn acts of impunity by law enforcement agents until they learn to carry out their law enforcement duties within minimum accepted international standards of law enforcement.

LAMBERT OPARAH
DIRECTOR, CORPORATE AFFAIRS AND EXTERNAL LINKAGES.


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