ANEEJ statement on new Amnesty Office in Nigeria
Abuja Nigeria, 1th October, 2015…With the appalling instances of human rights abuses under a civilian administration in Nigeria, the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, ANEEJ, wishes to state in unequivocal terms that the re-opening of the Amnesty Office in Nigeria presents exciting opportunities to stem these instances of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Even as a human rights advocacy group, the reality of these abuses starred ANEEJ hard in the face in 2012 when ANEEJ Executive Director, David Ugolor, was arrested on trumped up charges by the police and framed for the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, then Principal Secretary to the Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
‘That incident exposed the underbelly of the Nigeria Police Force as a willing tool in the hands of the government of the day rather than as an agent of justice and equity. Since the Rev. David Ugolor has been acquitted of all charges trumped on him by the police and awarded damages by competent courts of law, we are bewildered that that same police officer who allegedly supervised the framing up of the Rev. David Ugolor has been given his pips and sent right back to the Edo State capital as Commissioner of Police. We consider this a travesty and an insult on the human rights of the people of Edo State’, Bob MajiriOghene Etemiku, ANEEJ Communications manager has said.
Extra judicial killings of ordinary Nigerians by security personnel have continued as well. In July 2015, men of the 4th Brigade Command in Oghara Community of Delta State shot and killed a local vigilante Chairman, Benson Ogedengbe. They harassed and tortured several protesters who protested peacefully against the killing of Mr. Ogedengbe. A lot of this comes under the backdrop of several instances of human rights abuses being leveled against the military in the war against Boko Haram.
ANEEJ calls on the new Amnesty Office in Nigeria to intensify its work with the education, research and advocacy with the Nigeria police force and the Nigerian judicial system, so as to stem these rampant instances of rights abuse. ‘Amnesty International should also establish liaison offices in the Geo-political zones of Nigeria, with boots on ground to effectively evaluate and monitor the human rights conditions under which Nigerians live’, Etemiku said.
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