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Mailafia May Have Been Killed Extralegally – HURIWA

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Obadiah Mailafia: The Grip Of Grief

… Calls For Autopsy, Independent Probe

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has alleged that former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor and presidential candidate Dr.Obadiah Mailafia may have been killed extralegally.

In a statement on Sunday, HURIWA recalled: “Exactly one year ago on September 11th 2020 at the height of the incessant  harassment by the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a critic of the current administration Dr Obadiah Mailafia raised the alarm of death threat as follows: ‘Please, pray for me. I have reasons to believe that my life is in danger and that some powerful political forces want to silence me forever for speaking the truth. For speaking on behalf of the Holy Martyrs — of thousands of innocent children, women, elderly and youths that have been killed in our beloved country.’

“There are very unassailable reasons to believe that the alarm he raised which was never investigated may be the harbinger of his sudden demise in Abuja on Sunday September 19th 2021.”

The human rights group which called for an independent probe into his death urged the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)  and the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU) to jointly hire top notch forensic investigation teams to independently probe the immediate and remote circumstances of his death “so as to ascertain the exact cause of the death of a man who since the past few years became the voice of truth against the powers- that -be and the champion of the principle of the rule of law in Nigeria.”

READ ALSO: The Power Of Positive Difference: Dr. Obadiah Mailafia And His Nigeria

In the statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director Miss Zainab Yusuf,  HURIWA regretted that Nigeria “seems to have become the killer of her best citizens” adding that “indeed persons who speak truth to power in the past six and half years have come under persistent attacks and pressure from forces embedded within the Nigerian Security Forces and the political class in charge of government at all levels to an extent that even the central ruling party – All Progressives Congress has gone all out to try to sponsor many toxic, obnoxious and unconstitutional bills all aimed at curtailing the enjoyment of the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental human rights recognised in chapter 4 of the Nigerian constitution.”

HURIWA said that its “officials have similarly been threatened by forces working for the federal government and the officials of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association that are being protected by officials working in the office of the President.”

HURIWA continued :”We call on the president to immediately fish out the blood-thirsty officials working in Aso-Rock who are issuing personal threats to human rights campaigners.”

The rights group said it got “many calls from the presidency in the past few months warming its officials to stop causing distractions. Of truth, there are individuals in this government who do not wish their principal President Muhammadu Buhari to quit on a high note but they are working to stain the image of the president and it looks like the president does not read opinions of critical stakeholders who are clearly interested in guiding the government to the path of legality and lawfulness .”

HURIWA expressed disappointment that months after the erstwhile deputy governor of the CBN raised the alarm that government agents were after him, “there was never any effort made in the direction of unraveling the forces who wanted him dead and he was overlooked and allowed to be wasted in such a callous manner and we are only being told that he died after a brief illness.”

According to HURIWA, “there have been several of such suspicious deaths that have been covered up such as the death of the Executive Secretary of National Examination Council in Minna Professor Obioma from Abia State whose suspected murder has been hidden from the public scrutiny.”

It said that “the persistent attacks of political rivals by the current federal government are the reason a lot of robust brains are migrating legally to the United States of America,  Canada and other Western Societies to pick up specialised jobs as university professors just as the rights group condemned the United Nations General Assembly and the Secretary General of the United Nations for abandoning Nigerians in the hands of tyrants and a brutal dictatorship that does not tolerate plurality of opinions and the security agents are adopting extralegal means including suspected  gas poisoning.

“The death of Obadiah Mailafia is highly suspicious and must be investigated, ” the group said.

READ ALSO: Ex-CBN Deputy Governor Mailafia Dies

The rights group noted that even the detained leader of the self determination group – the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu “has just told the court of law that he was physically tortured and his faeces used to smear his face but unfortunately the United Nations has done nothing about the fact that a citizen faced illegal rendition and abduction from Kenya to Abuja against natural and international laws.”

HURIWA said: “It is so unfortunate that the National Human Rights Commission is dead and buried and the security forces are simply playing football with the human rights of citizens. It is unfortunate that the National Assembly does not provide adequate oversight functions and has not sufficiently exercised its oversight responsibility over the different security forces which is why the Department of State Services keeps invading houses of citizens,  killing, maiming and destroying lives and property at will. The court of law has just justifiably slammed well desrved N20 billion damages against the DSS for invading the Ibadan home of the leader of the Yoruba Nation self- determination group Mr. Sunday Igboho in which his associate were murdered in cold blood.

“In Owerri and other South East of Nigeria States, Amnesty International found out that there are credible evidence of over 1, 000 cases of extralegal killings by security operatives but the Federal government which has a policy of permitting extrajudicial killings by security operatives has done nothing to investigate these atrocities. Too many citizens are getting killed by state-sponsored assassination and executions. Nigeria has become officially a killer of good citizens.  This must not be allowed to continue. ”

 

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Police Teargas EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Tollgate

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Police Teargas EndSARS protesters At Lekki Tollgate

Some EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were teargassed by the police on Wednesday.

The protesters, who gathered for the EndSARS memorial protest at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos State, were dispersed by men of the police force.

The demonstrators had gathered to call for justice for protesters who were allegedly shot dead on October 20, 2020

The EndSARS protests which were held in October 2020 were against the activities of the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigeria Police Force accused of brutality.

READ ALSO: Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

However, on Wednesday the peaceful protest was disrupted by police officers who fired teargas at the youths.
The protesters scampered for safety as they chanted “EndSARS”.

 

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

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Pro-Buhari Protesters Say Nobody Died At Lekki Tollgate

Protesters loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday converged on the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying “nobody died at Lekki tollgate” in Lagos.

The protesters who were conveyed to the venue on a bus, held up placards stating,”#EndSarsProtest; Lekki shooting was a hoax”, and ”Nobody died at Lekki tollgate”.

On October 20, 2020, soldiers reportedly opened fire on protesters campaigning against police brutality at Lekki tollgate.

READ ALSO: No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 2020 – Mohammed

While some reports, including civil society groups say some protesters were killed in the attack, the federal government has disputed this account.

Lai Mohammed, minister of information, on Wednesday described the Lekki incident as a ”phantom massacre”.

Nigerians poured into the streets in Lagos, Abuja and other places on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the #EndSARS protest.

 

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No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 2020 – Mohammed

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No Massacre Of Lekki Protesters In 20220 - Mohammed

A year after the EndSARS protest, Information Minister Lai Mohammed has insisted that there was no massacre of Nigerians at Lekki where the event held last year.

READ ALSO: Police Arrest Two At Lekki Tollgate As EndSARS Procession Holds

During a news conference in Abuja, Mohammed said that most of the claims of killings were false and misleading as most of those who made the claims of losing people were yet to show up and give evidence a year after such allegations.

 

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