NDA Attack, Worst Form Of Human Rights Violation – Ojukwu

A front view of the NDA Headquarters in Kaduna State.

 

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu, has condemned in strong terms the attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

In a statement on Wednesday by the spokesperson for NHRC, Fatimah Mohammed, Ojukwu described the incident as an affront on Nigeria’s security that was unacceptable.

According to him, the NDA is the pride of the country where people from other parts of the world come to train.

“The invasion of the institution with high international repute where very intelligent military officers are produced is most unfortunate, unexpected, and condemnable” the NHRC chief lamented.

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He said the attack on the military institution was bad in itself, and worst of it all was the killing and abduction involved.

“This is the worst form of human rights violation of our time,” said Ojukwu. “Military officers like other security personnel are entitled to carry out their duties in relative safety and security.

“They are fathers and mothers of their families who entitled go to work and come back alive.”

He called on the military to leave no stone unturned in its efforts to rescue the abducted officer and fish out the abductors to face the wrath of the law.

By doing so, the NHRC chief believes this will discourage further attacks on other national critical assets and infrastructure.

He also commiserated with the families of the military men – Lieutenant Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronkwo, saying they have paid the supreme price of serving their fatherland and their sacrifice would not go in vain.

Ojukwu, however, called on the government to put adequate measures in place to tighten and improve the security situation in Kaduna State and other parts of the country.

Kaduna state, he noted, is fast becoming the epicentre of banditry and kidnappings in recent times and these have implications on the protection of the rights of the people.

The NHRC chief recalled that students in their numbers had been abducted and attacked in schools at various levels in the state, adding that at the moment, children in primary and secondary schools have been ordered by the state government to stay at home.

“The few ones that are allowed to go and write exams in school are ordered to go in mufti with fear that they can be abducted if they adorn themselves in their uniforms; for how long will this continue?” he queried.

“Our children must be allowed to enjoy their rights to education in a secured environment. We must all rise up and support the government to put an end to this menace of insecurity.”

NHRC Rejects Social Media Bill, Takes Stand With Nigerians

 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has kicked against the Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulations Bill, also known as the Social Media Bill which has scaled second reading in the Senate.

According to it’s Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu said the commission stands with the opposition of Nigerians while urging those who exercise their rights to do so with caution.

“We stand with Nigerians and we believe that the media space should be free, people should be able to air their views, in doing so, and we urge those who exercise their rights to be mindful of the rights of others.”

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The NHRC boss urged social media users to show commitments to responsibility and ensure that the rights of others are not breached.

“In exercising our freedom to express ourselves, we believe that those freedoms should be expressed and utilized responsibly and we will not encourage irresponsible conduct on the part of Nigerians but we don’t support the gaging of Nigerians in any way possible.

“We urge social media users to show commitments to responsibility and if they exceed their bounds, the laws are there for anybody who feels aggrieved can use.”

Sowore: ‘Stop Desecrating The Courts’, NHRC Boss Tells Law Enforcement Agents

When A Country Is Rotten, You Cannot Fix It By Going To The Local Govt – Sowore
A file photo of Mr Omoyele Sowore.

 

The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq, has advised law enforcement agents to stop desecrating the judiciary.

Ojukwu made the appeal while reacting to the alleged refusal of officials of the Department of state services to release on bail the social campaigner Sowore after the order of his release by the trial court and his lawyers meeting the bail conditions.

“There is need for the three arms of government to work harmoniously with utmost respect for each other as envisaged under the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.

According to Ojukwu, many cases have been reported to the commission about investigating police officers and state security officers deliberately refusing or delaying to verify bail conditions following court orders just to punish suspects unduly for reasons that are not constitutional.

He, however, holds the opinion that “the constitution guarantees the innocence of every citizen of Nigeria until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction”.

He further stated that a situation where the order of courts are continuously disobeyed by security agents makes such security agents judges onto themselves and such situation does not augur well for our democracy based on separation of powers and rule of law.

According to him, it makes the law uncertain at any point in time and leads to loss of confidence of the people in government and state institutions of which the judiciary is one.

He, therefore, called for a renewed commitment on the part of law enforcement agents to submit to constituted authority and oversight and release all detainees who have met their bail conditions as ordered by the courts of the land.

“You cannot approbate and reprobate” he said.

On the part of the Commission, “we shall continue to train and sensitize law enforcement agents on the need to respect the law and the constitution which they have sworn to protect so as to engender a culture of respect for human rights in the country”.