- A group has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over alleged attacks on Military personnel by Rivers state government
- The group alleged that there were violent attack and attempted murder of military officers performing election duties in Rivers state on March 9
- According to the group, the fact-finding committee set up by INEC to investigate the root causes of the widespread disruption and violence in Rivers election has chosen to be openly biased
The Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN), a human rights group has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission over alleged coordinated attacks on military personnel by some persons believed to be working for Rivers state Government.
The human rights group specifically frowned at the role of Governor Nyeson Wike in the inhuman treatment, violent attack and attempted murder of military officers performing election duties in the state on March 9, 2019.
In a letter addressed to the executive secretary, the group through its public relations officer, Abiodun Babalola, observed that the fact-finding committee set up by INEC to investigate the root causes of the widespread disruption and violence in Rivers election has either refused to do a good job or has chosen to be openly biased.
Babalola said that the position taken by INEC against the Nigerian Army is partial, offensive and calculated to damage their name.
According to him INEC's position on the matter undermines the genuine sacrifices made by the Military in ensuring that the commission fulfills its duties under a peaceful atmosphere.
Babalola said: "Worthy of note is the fact that INEC failed, neglected and or deliberately omitted to mention the inhuman treatment and attacks meted on officers of the Nigerian Army by security aides and armed thugs acting upon the orders of Governor Wike."
"As it happened, Captain Adams Salami was shot at close range while Corporal Adeosun Adebayo was thoroughly matcheted to the extent of being left to grapple with life threatening injuries.
"One would have expected the Rivers State Police Command, whose men attached to Governor Wike were found complicit in the violence against military officers, to take appropriate disciplinary actions against those involved and make such actions public to forestall future occurrences," Babalola said.
He added that: "We submit that military personnel like other Nigerian citizens are entitled to enjoy the fundamental rights enshrined under Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
These rights are inalienable and deserve to be protected by the commission, no matter whose ox is gored. Let us put it on record that GICN will be seeking redress for Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo in a competent court of law within the next seven working days from the date hereof if we do not receive a positive response from your office regarding the concrete steps taken by the commission to live up to its mandate of giving voice to the voiceless and justice to the oppressed," he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) on Wednesday, March 20, faulted a recent report by the United States of America’s 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices which claimed that “impunity remains widespread at all levels of government” in Nigeria.
The report, which was published on the website of the US Department of State, said several acts of gross human rights abuse were committed by both government and non-government actors within Nigeria in the year under review, many of which were not investigated.
However, the Coalition for Nigeria Movement in its report said the attack on Nigeria as a country and its leadership for daring to work for what is in the interest of citizens was provocative.
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