The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has expressed its readiness to file an official complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council against the Nigerian Army and police force for their unprecedented scale of lawlessness, official impunity and lack of professionalism.
These issues have continued to escalate serial human rights violations against civilians and disadvantaged junior military officers who are treated as slaves.
HURIWA laments the seeming inertia and lack of political will on the part of the National Human Rights Commission to pit the military and police on their ties apparently because either that the hierarchy of the National Human Rights Commission are compromised, complicit or are simply unwilling to exercise enormous powers guaranteed by virtue of last amendment enabling Act empowering body enforce respect for human rights by all persons and authorities in Nigeria.
HURIWA further regrets that even when granted financial autonomy from direct allocations through Federation accounts instead of envelopes from Federal Ministry Justice, The Commission has allowed blatant violation by army officials’ unchecked abuse towards many citizens.
Besides filing complaints against these abuses at international courts like Hague’s International Criminal Court (ICC) or UN council meetings; HURIWA also asks President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to rein in this lawlessness within both organizations before it threatens national security or destroys constitutional democracy outrightly.
Furthermore, HURIWA calls for immediate arrest and prosecution following a recent incident where some police personnel stormed ABN TV during live programming ‘Youth Rendezvous’ arresting guest Udensi Donald despite pleas from station staff allowing program completion beforehand due to family dispute petition filed by his brother Uche Udensi.
This action was condemned as “provocative,” “overzealous,” clear violation police protocol according director Ifeanyi Okali statement Wednesday alongside other harassment, and intimidating measures taken afterward denying access commissioner upon arrival at Abia State Police headquarters where they were invited after contacting Kenechukwu Onwuemelie.
HURIWA also accused Nigerian Police Force widespread human right abuses including extrajudicial execution suspects while detained facilities accumulating hundreds of millions court awarded damages serial cases egregious violations citizens expressing shock journalist Sufeiyan Ojeifo interrogated over online medium story power struggles Code Conduct Bureau.
The right group listed Anambra and Rivers States’ police commands as centers of coordinated extrajudicial killings just as it recalled that the civil rights practitioner by name Bonny.
Okonkwo through his lawyer, S.I. Okonkwo has filed a fundamental rights enforcement application against the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun and the Commissioner of Police in Anambra State, Aderemi Adeoye at the Federal High Court, Awka Division for illegal detention without trial since January 3, on the instruction of Sir Emeka Offor, demanding N50million damages.