CDHR condemns killings in Lagos, Zamfara, Kaduna, others
CDHR condemns killings in Lagos, Zamfara, Kaduna, others

The Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) yesterday charged the Nigeria Police to end extra-judicial and senseless killings of Nigerians.The group, headed by Malachy Ugwummadu, hinged its call on the recent killings of citizens in Lagos, Zamfara, Kaduna and Rivers states, among others.

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine, it decried the level to which some policemen have degenerated and derailed from acceptable standards of policing in the discharge of their duties. It threatened to mobilise Nigerians to prevail on Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, for effective policing in the country if the trend continues.

CDHR also decried the absence of citizens-friendly policing in Nigeria, stressing that the nation’s police have failed in their core role of securing lives and property, as well as protecting citizens’ fundamental rights, especially the right to life.

The group, therefore, enjoined the Police to stop the baseless killings of innocent Nigerians, almost on a daily basis in Lagos and other parts of the country. It lamented failure of the Police to secure and protect lives and property, as well as prevent the killings of citizens anywhere in Nigeria.

CDHR asserted that the killing of Kolade Johnson and Stephen Urueye clearly revealed the disturbing level of unprofessionalism in the Police and the officers’ insensitivity to the lives of citizens. Also, it demanded that President Muhammadu Buhari should immediately declare a state of emergency in Zamfara, Kaduna and Rivers states for the incessant killings, kidnapping and high level of insecurity in those states.

“The crisis in Zamfara has defied mild actions and seemed to have overwhelmed the Police, while the clashes, killings and kidnapping in Kaduna State have risen to disturbing levels. “Besides, the recurring kidnapping in different parts of Rivers State, especially the Emohua-Rumuji-Ndele axis, has assumed very disturbing dimensions and should immediately be brought to an end,” it stated.

Also, following a recent attack by bandits, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, visited Kakangi Community in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area where he condemned the incident. The governor, who was accompanied by some government officials and security chiefs, described the attack as inhuman and ungodly, assuring residents of government’s commitment to restore peace and security in the area and other troubled parts of the state.

Meanwhile, Adamu has ordered deployment of a Special Task Force to Katsina to help tackle incessant kidnapping and banditry in eight frontline local government areas of Jibiya, Danmusa, Faskari, Dandume, Kankara, Batsari, Safana and Sabuwa.

All the local government areas share border with the Rugu Forest from where bandits and kidnappers reportedly carry out their operations. The state Commissioner of Police (CP), Sanusi Buba, who disclosed this yesterday, said the officers would be stationed at three strategic locations for quick movement to the affected areas. 

EBONYI STATE GOVERNMENT AND SECURITY AGENCY SHOULD ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE WRITING JAMB IN EBONYI STATE.
EBONYI STATE GOVERNMENT AND SECURITY AGENCY SHOULD ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE WRITING JAMB IN EBONYI STATE.

COMRADE ONYIBE JEREMIAH THE SECRETARY COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS (CDHR) EBONYI STATE BRANCH

EBONYI STATE GOVERNMENT AND SECURITY AGENCY SHOULD ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THOSE WRITING JAMB IN EBONYI STATE.

Considering the increasing spate of crisis and destruction of life and properties of innocent people living in some communities in Alike, Ikwo local government and Enyigba in Abakaliki local government of Ebonyi state, we wish to draw the attention of the Ebonyi state government to this lingering crisis which has cursed much harm than good to the state especially the recent attack on the last Saturday.

However, as JAMB slate their examination to hold this week, and most of their candidates will be going to those crisis community to write their exams, there is need for proper security to ensure that nothing happen to our children who will be writing their Jamb in those places.

Ebonyi State with abundant human and natural resources is currently facing deep depression caused by corrupt leaders and their selfishness, in order to experience sustainable peace in the state something must be done promptly to avert the crisis from escalating beyond control.  

We are calling on the State government and security agency to do everything humanly possible to ensure that lasting peace returned to those communities.

LAGOS SCHOOL BUILDING COLLAPSE: CDHR FUMES, MOURNS, CALLS FOR CORONER INQUEST
LAGOS SCHOOL BUILDING COLLAPSE: CDHR FUMES, MOURNS, CALLS FOR CORONER INQUEST

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has regretted the apparently avoidable disaster of the collapse of a school building at Ita-Faji, Lagos Island, Lagos on Wednesday 13th March, 2019, killing and injuring numerous school children. Criminal negligence by property developers with the connivance of errant personnel of regulatory agencies has led to numerous avoidable disasters of collapse buildings across Nigeria. Several citizens have been deprived of their rights to life, guaranteed under section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). The present Ita-Faji avoidable disaster that has killed many children and left several others seriously injured yesterday must be thoroughly and dispassionately investigated while culprits and errant regulators must be duly prosecuted.

 

Rising from a Strategic Meeting on Thursday, 14th March, 2019, at the Rights House, Lagos, CDHR considered and decried the level to which developers of buildings and public officers in regulatory agencies have abdicated their responsibility and public duty of care to citizens.

 

In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine and made available to the Press, CDHR has demanded that the Lagos State Government must activate the extant Coroner Law of Lagos State and conduct a Coroner Inquest on the collapse of the school building that has led to the death of innocent children. The statement by CDHR described the incident as unfortunate and avoidable.

 

CDHR therefore warned that this incident must not be overlooked by the Government of Lagos State, as well as other similar incidents of avoidable disasters that constitute violation of the rights of citizens. Thus, CDHR implored the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and the Government of Lagos State to immediately direct the conduct of a Coroner Inquest and ensure thorough prosecution of all culprits.

 

May the souls of the departed rest in peace! May the injured gain quick and full recovery!

 

HENRY PETER EKINE, ESQ.

National Publicity Secretary, CDHR

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