- The planned 'Operation Positive Identification' has been condemned by the minority leader of the House of Representatives
- Ndudi Elumelu said the OPI would reduce innocent citizens to suspects in the own country and further strip them of their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement
- According to the House leader, the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to develop better strategies for combating insecurity rather than enforcing measures that could lead to victimisation of the people
The minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu, has condemned the planned implementation of the Nigerian Army's 'Operation Positive Identification' across states in Nigeria.
Elumelu said the OPI would lead to an infringement of the fundamental human rights of citizens as provided by the 1999 constitution as amended.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, October 28, Elumelu cautioned against the possible militarisation of Nigerians by the Army.
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He said the OPI would reduce innocent citizens to suspects in the own country and further strip them of their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement.
Describing the move as a plan to instil fear, panic and anxiety among citizens, the House leader said such military operations which would involve direct contact and regulating of civilians could result in abuses and serious safety issues.
Citing the growing scourge of victimization and extrajudicial killings against Nigerians by security institutions, Elumelu said the planned implementation of OPI across the nation would worsen the situation in the country.
He also called on the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to develop better strategies for combating insecurity rather than enforcing measures that could lead to victimisation of the people.
"The Army and all security forces should rather develop more pro-people strategies in combating our security instead of measure that could further victimize the people," Elumelu said.
Elumelu also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to review the planned commencement of nationwide execution of the OPI by the military on November 1, so as to create room for further consultations.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army had announced its plan to commence an Operation Positive Identification of citizens across the country.
The Army said the OPI which would begin in the northeastern region of the country is aimed at searching and arresting all fleeing members of Boko Haram and ISWAP elements.
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