- The Centre for Democracy and Development alongside other civil society organisations have condemned the harassment of human rights activists
- The CSOs said the level of attacks against activists in the country is on the rise
- In its statement, the coalition said peaceful protests have given Nigerian the platform to air their views
A coalition of civil society organisations in Nigeria has warned that the attacks on human rights activists are putting the country in a negative spotlight.
The coalition - 32 in number - led by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Enough is Enough (EIE) Nigeria among others.
A statement released by the coalition said that since the beginning of the #EndSARS protests, the level of attacks on human rights activists has continued to rise.
The statement said the coalition is worried that there has been no remorse on the part of those perpetrating these atrocities.
This coalition said protest organisers are being intimidated and coerced by various institutions constituting a serious attack on freedom of expression, a constitutionally guaranteed right of every Nigerian citizen.
The statement said:
“Specifically, Section 39(1) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution as amended makes it clear that every person “shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including the freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.”
According to the coalition, the Nigerian people cannot afford to stand by and watch in the face of unconstitutional measures to silence their voices and trample on their rights as citizens.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the International Criminal Court (ICC) Hague has confirmed receipt of a suit filed against a renowned senior advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana by a lawyer, Joseph Nwaegbu.
Falana was dragged to the ICC over his involvement in the #EndSARS campaign championed against police brutality in Nigeria.
In his suit, Nwaegbu said accused Falana who he alleged is part of the team inciting violence through the #EndSARS protest.
Also, the United Kingdom responded to a petition by some Nigerian calling for a commonwealth sanction on political leaders in the country.
The petition with 219,665 signatures was forwarded to the UK seeking that some top officials in government be sanctioned.
The government of the United Kingdom in its response said it will wait for the conclusion of the investigation instituted by the government into the allegations of police brutality.
In other news, Nigeria's Senate president, Ahmed Lawan, warned Nigerian youths against a second wave of the #EndSARS protest.
Lawan issued the warning during the budget defence session at the National Assembly on Monday, November 9.
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