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TREAD WITH CAUTION IN HANDLING PUBLIC PROTESTS, NHRC URGES SECURITY AGENCIES

Posted: 2019-08-05


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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is calling on the Nigerian Security agencies to tread with caution in handling issues relating with public protest and procession to avoid infringing on people's fundamental rights to freedom of association and movement.
br>The Commission also reminds the citizens that they are at liberty to exercise their fundamental human rights including freedom of association, movement and freedom to hold and express opinions etc as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, provided that such rights are exercised within the ambit of the law without violence, unnecessarily creating panic and heating up the system and thereby negating the essence of the protest.

Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq stated this while reacting to the arrest of African Action Congress candidate in the 2019 Presidential Election, Omoyele Sowore and some of his supporters for allegedly "planning a revolution against the incumbent government in Nigeria". Whereas the NHRC is not persuaded by the argument of the security agencies for the arrest of Sowore and his co protesters, it is our view that "Mr. Sowore and all those arrested should be brought before courts of competent jurisdiction and afforded fair hearing and access to their lawyers to defend charges proffered against them if any, otherwise they should be released forthwith", the statement said.

He said that peaceful assemblies and protests should not be misconstrued by the law enforcement agencies as an action against the government as such activities are guaranteed by the relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution as amended, as well as other regional and international protocols, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Nigeria is a party.

"We are also using this opportunity to appeal to Sowore supporters and other concerned citizens to continue to employ dialogue and legitimate means to pursue their agitations and concerns that will advance the course of good governance in Nigeria", the Executive Secretary said.

The Commission condemned the alleged delimitation of all acts of protests in FCT to the Unity Fountain site, stressing that such restrictions by the security agencies is a breach of right to the freedom of movement and peaceful assembly, calling on the FCT Commissioner of Police to reconsider such directives.

Ojukwu has also commended the judiciary for granting of bail to the Leader of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zak-zaky and his wife, Zenat by Kaduna State High Court to enable them seek medical attention abroad stressing that this has been the position of the Commission.

According to Ojukwu, the need to balance national security and human rights should be at the core of any decision taken by the security agencies, citizens and protesting groups saying that Nigeria is already inundated with various security challenges including the insurgency, kidnapping, Banditry, farmers/herders clashes and as such, efforts should be made to deploy dialogue to diffuse tension and nip in the bud any additional security challenges


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