The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) has opened an investigation on the alleged right violation of one Lois Iorvihi along the Lafia\Akwanga Expressway against the convoy of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof Bem Anwge, who led a team of investigators to the Governor’s Office in Lafia, said the investigation process will not be swayed by any emotion as generated by the petition on the social media.
“We owe it a duty to be fair and just by ensuring the protection of the rights of all Nigerians, including that of the vulnerable and those in position of authority.
“The commission will not allow persons who occupy public offices, endowed with state powers to misuse such at the detriment of the vulnerable public.
“Similarly, the commission will not permit allegations aimed at exposing public office holders to ridicule and hatred”, he said.
Governor Al-Makura while stating his own side of the story insists he never used abusive words on the lady as speculated on the social media.
The governor told the team that his decision to submit himself for the investigation and waiving his immunity as a governor was borne out of respect for human rights.
“Subjecting myself to be investigated by the Commission over the allegation is also to set a precedence and make a statement that in spite of one’s immunity as a political office holder, there are certain things that one should hold in respect for humanity.”
The Governor maintained that his immunity meant nothing to him as far as the issues of human rights was concerned.
He added that he was ready to cooperate with the commission to unearth the truth about the incident involving his convoy.