- House of Reps has condemned human rights abuses by security agencies during the lockdown
- Some security agencies were said to have brutalised, extorted and killed innocent Nigerians under the guise of enforcing COVID-19 lockdown directives
- The House urged President Muhammad Buhari to direct heads of security agencies indicted in the act to be prosecuted
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The House of Representatives has condemned the brutalisation, extortion and killing of innocent Nigerians by security operatives in the guise of enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown directives across the country.
The Guardian reports that while adopting a motion jointly sponsored by Nkeiruka Onyejeocha and Dachung Musa Bagos at plenary presided by the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, the House urged President Muhammad Buhari to direct heads of security agencies indicted in the act to be prosecuted.
Legit.ng gathered that the lawmakers mandated the committees on police affairs, defence, interior and human rights to investigate the abuses and killings and ensure the implementation of its resolution.
Onyegeocha, who is the House deputy whip, claimed that Abia state was one of the states at the receiving end of rights abuses by security personnel responsible for the untimely deaths of 18 persons in Abia, Delta, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger states.
“Apart from the killings, extortions, and brutalisation, security operatives have assaulted innocent Nigerians in the name of enforcing COVID-19 lockdown directives, as evident in the case of one Tola Azeez who was assaulted by Inspector Ikuesan Taiwo and Constable Abass Ibrahim at Iwo, Osun state last month,” she said.
The House also resolved to sue the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) over allegation of $10 million bribes to pass the Infectious Disease Control Bill.
Deputy speaker, Ahmed Wase, who raised the issue under matters of personal explanation at the plenary presided by Gbajabiamila, preempted the matter on the floor of the House.
The House thereby constituted an ad-hoc committee led by Henry Nwauba to investigate the matter with a view to ascertaining the veracity of the claim.
In the same vein, about 41 civil society organisations cautioned the House of Representatives against the passage of the Control Infectious Diseases Act (CIDA) bill without consultation and inputs from relevant stakeholders and members of the public.
The coalition said the attempt by the National Assembly to give accelerated passage to such critical legislation runs contrary to the principles of effective and inclusive lawmaking.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Amnesty International (AI), Yiaga Africa, Human and Environmental Development Agenda, International Press Centre (IPC) and Global Rights, among others.
They noted that the bill was a threat to human rights, an abuse of power devoid of clarity and may trigger inter-agency conflicts and jurisdictional rivalries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the House of Representatives set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate bribery allegations levelled against it by the CUPP on Monday, May 4.
It was reported that the lawmakers took the decision on Tuesday, May 5, while adopting a motion by Honourable Ahmed Wase at plenary.
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