Connect with us

Latest News

HURIWA Urges DSS To Set Up Human Rights Desk



DSS Arrests Mamu, Terrorists' Negotiator After Arriving From Egypt

… Wants Police To Do Comprehensive Cleansing Of Operatives

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has disclosed that it got a phone call from the national headquarters of the nation’s secret police, the Department of State Services (DSS), over its recent critique of the agency’s clampdown on independent media.

In a media release by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director Miss. Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA said the Director of publicity/media of the DSS made the call and defended the activities of the secret police just as the agency faulted HURIWA for doing a report on the DSS attacks on journalists without reaching out to hear its own side of the story.

In a media statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media Affairs Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA regretted that on a daily basis security forces apply physical torture and brute force to stop and prevent media practitioners from exercising their functions stipulated in section 22 of the Nigerian Constitution.

READ ALSO: Court Grants Bail To 12 Aides Of Igboho

“No day passes without reports of arrests or physical brutalization of journalists by the Department of State Services (DSS) or the police just as there have been attempts even by the Federal High Court in criminal collusion with the security forces to bar independent journalists from covering litigation of public importance.

“Over a dozen journalists have been killed by police attempting to quell peaceful protests just as these media workers are only just doing their duty as permitted by the Grund Norm.

“We totally condemn this systematic clampdown on journalists. We condemn President Muhammadu Buhari for escalating attacks against the citizen’ enjoyment of freedoms of expression including the illegal ban imposed on the use of Twitter for over a month.

“There are scores of attacks against citizens for posting comments considered damaging to the reputation of political office holders and governors and there are another dozens of Nigerians who are languishing in jails over media rights-related issues.”

The rights group however confirmed that the spokesman of the DSS, Dr. Peter Afunanya initiated a lengthy gentleman call to the rights group during a “friendly” phone conversation in which the DSS said it had always operated within the bounds of the Nigerian law and global practices.

The rights group said : “HURIWA is therefore restating an earlier proposition it made to the DSS to immediately set up a functional and public friendly Human  rights desk with toll-free lines made accessible to Nigerians to lodge complaints against perceived human rights violations committed by the secret police against Nigerians.

“Once more, we urge the hierarchy of the nation’s DSS to set up a human  rights desk whereby the members of the public can report cases of breaches of their constitutionally guaranteed human rights and for this unit or department to interface with credible civil rights organizations for the purposes of man-power and capacity training of the operatives on global best practices and their legal obligations to respect the constitutional rights of the citizens including those in conflict with the law because even section 36 (5) of the Constitution recognizes suspects as being innocent in the eye of the law.

“Specifically,  Section 36 (5) of the GrundNorm states that: ‘Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved guilty; provided that nothing in this section shall invalidate any law by reason only that the law imposes upon any such person the burden of proving particular facts.”

READ ALSO: Court Adjourns Trial As DSS Fails To Produce 12 Detained Aides Of Igboho

HURIWA said the DSS “has a notorious reputation as a serial violator of the media rights and therefore is challenging the hierarchy of the agency to operate within the limits of the laws of Nigeria and to particularly open up their activities to the scrutiny of credible civil rights organizations. “We as an organisation have nothing absolutely against the Department of State Services or the Nigerian Police Force nor do we have problems with the Nigerian military.  What worries us is that most operatives of these security services carry out their duties without due regards to the Constitutionally guaranteed human rights of citizens unambiguously captured in several international body of laws and the Nigerian jurisprudence including the GrundNorm of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These security forces can’t work professionally well if they continue to blatantly refuse to abide by the due process of the law and continue in the egregious violations of the human rights of Nigerians.”

On the police, HURIWA said in light of the revelations about the “gross human rights abuses suffered by Nigerians at the hands of police as revealed by the various judicial investigative panels on the #ENDSARS# Protests, there is the urgency of the now for the Inspector General of Police to carry out a thorough house cleaning because obviously, professional standards of the police are in steady decline and the operatives have become notorious extralegal executioners of citizens in custody.”

The rights group said “the IGP needs to collate, understudy and implement the recommendations emanating from these investigative probes and he needs to understand that the police are in a race against time to reform and become better disciplined professionals.”
HURIWA said the “deliberate delay by the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government to accede to the groundswell of calls for the reforms of the notorious Nigerian Police Force and create State Police has escalated the gross human rights abuses committed by the police all across Nigeria with Imo State as the centre of the use of extra-judicial executions of citizens by the police.”

HURIWA has also advocated the sustenance of the human rights desks within the police just as the rights group said the National Assembly “needs to pass a law compelling the police and security agencies running detention facilities including the NPF, the EFCC, the ICPC, the DSS and the Military to open them up for impromptu investigations and monitoring by credible civil rights groups.”

HURIWA said the “decision to overlook the heightened cases of extralegal killings by security forces is a threat to national security interest of Nigeria.”


Read more authentic news on our social media platforms

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Latest News

BREAKING: NLC, TUC Suspend Planned Strike As Govt, Labour Leaders Meet



Why I Stopped Using Social Media - Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Monday night suspended their strike scheduled for Wednesday.

This development is sequel to a meeting by the representatives of the Federal Government and the Organised Labour at the Presidential Villa on Monday night over fuel subsidy removal.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and newly appointed Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, who disclosed the outcome of the meeting to State House correspondents, read a communique stating the agreement struck between the NLC, TUC and the team set up by President Bola Tinubu to discuss the issues arising from the subsidy removal.

According to him, the Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would establish a joint committee to review the proposal for any wage increase or award and establish a framework and timeline for implementation.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The Federal Government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The Labour centres and the Federal Government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The Federal Government to provide a framework for the maintenance of roads and expansion of rail networks across the country.

“All other demands submitted by the TUC to the Federal Government will be assessed by the joint committee.

“Consequently, the parties agreed follows:

“The NLC to suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations

“The TUC and the NLC to continue the ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions above

“The Labour Centres and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework.”

Earlier on Monday, the National Industrial Court restrained the Organised Labour from embarking on any form of strike.

Ruling on an exparte application filed before the court, Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the defendants (the TUC and the NLC) from embarking on the planned nationwide strike on Wednesday pending the hearing and determination of the motion of notice dated June 5, 2023.

The judge also ordered that the defendants be immediately served with the originating processes, the motion on notice and the order of the court.

Continue Reading

Latest News

BREAKING:Court Bars NLC, TUC From Strike Over Petrol Subsidy Removal



NLC Suspends Plan To Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal
Protesting workers

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja division, on Monday restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on strike over the removal of petrol subsidy.

The federal government had asked the court for an interim injunction preventing the labour unions from proceeding on the strike scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

Delivering the ruling on Monday, Olufunke Anuwe, the presiding judge, said the unions should halt the planned strike pending the hearing and determination of the ex parte motion filed by the federal government.

On June 2, NLC issued a five-day ultimatum to the federal government to revert to the old price of petrol or face a nationwide strike.

Worker unions, including the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), and Nigeria Union of Journalists, have asked their members to join the planned strike.

Owing to the development, the federal government approached the court for an interim injunction.

The presiding judge said the federal government was able to show that the planned strike is capable of disrupting activities in the health and education sectors.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned industrial action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023,” the judge said.

“It is ordered that the defendant/respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing for 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes.”

Continue Reading

Latest News

BREAKING: Kwara Govt Reduces Workdays To Three Over Fare Rise



Kwara Reopens Violence Mars Reopening Of Kwara Schools Shut Over Hijab Controversy10 Schools Amid Hijab Controversy
Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

As fares have risen following the removal of fuel subsidy, the Kwara State government has directed that work days be reduced from five days to three per week for every worker in the state.

The state government said on Monday that the reduction of working days had become necessary following the astronomical hike in fares.

This is contained in a statement in Ilorin, by Murtala Atoyebi, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

The State Head of Service, Mrs Susan Oluwole, therefore directed all Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to immediately work out a format indicating the alternating work days for each worker under them.

Continue Reading

Top Stories