Nigeria Today: Worsening human rights situation

Should we allow this punch on the Nigeria system by the government of the day? The answer belongs to you and I. Stand for Justice. 

The Buhari administration is notorious for arbitrary arrests, illegal imprisonment of citizens, and disobedience to court orders, including disregard for separation of powers as shown in the controversial removal of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, early this year, and last year’s siege on the National Assembly by SSS operatives.

A Nigerian activist, Chido Onumah, was arrested by the SSS in September this year at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, for wearing a shirt with the inscription “We Are All Biafrans”, which is the title of a book he authored.

There have been agitations, which often turned bloody, in Nigeria’s South-East for an independent state of Biafria.

“I was arrested for wearing the T-shirt because the SSS said it is capable of causing disaffection in the country,” Mr Onumah told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr Onumah was lucky to have been released a few hours after his arrest. But there are other Nigerians who are not so lucky, who have been in either SSS or police detention illegally for several months.

The government has continued to detain the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, and a former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, despite several court orders.

There is also the case of Dada Labinjo, a naval captain who has been detained illegally for more than one year by the Nigerian Navy.

The navy ignored court ruling which ordered that the captain be released from their detention. After much pressure from the human rights community in Nigeria, the navy recently reluctantly handed over Mr Labinjo’s case to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which is set to prosecute him for alleged economic crimes.

Mr Labinjo’s wife, Bola, a lieutenant commander in the Nigerian Navy, was arraigned by the EFCC in August alongside four others for allegedly dealing in petroleum products without lawful authority.

Culled: Premium times

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