Shell Energy Entrepreneurs banner Yudala banner
Stop harassing dissenting voices, HURIWA tells FG

By News Express on 27/10/2016

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 612


The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has cautioned the Federal Government against the use of armed security forces and the anti-graft agencies to witch-hunt perceived dissenting voices.

“The recent gale of arrests of perceived dissenting voices and writers such as Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, the former Aviation minister and the erstwhile Chief Spokesman of the immediate past president Dr. Reuben Abati few hours after he penned a vociferous opinion article detailing some alleged metaphysical afflictions in the presidential villa in Abuja are undemocratic and could signpost a determined campaign against freedom of expression,” the Association said in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf.

The rights group also alleged that “other Security forces have borne their fangs against certain persons such as suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) following reported cases of forced disappearances of these persons from their homes in Aba, Abia State and Onitsha in Anambra State.”

The group called for transparent investigation of the alleged abduction by security forces of members of IPOB while describing the re-arrest of Fani-Kayode and that of Abati as unfortunate and illegal.

In the case of Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister and later, Spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential campaign organisation, the rights group said the re-arrest of a man who was already arraigned in a court of law and granted bail was reminiscent of a coordinated campaign of political witch-hunt the PDP chieftain is known to have lately become a notable opposition opinion molder in the political firmament of Nigeria.

HURIWA has also warned that Chief Kayode must not be suspiciously eliminated following his allegation of a clandestine plot to poison him in the EFCC cell with the aim of killing him by chemical means.

HURIWA said the widely reported collapse of Chief Kayode barely 24 hours after he was clamped into detention by EFCC must be viewed critically given that of recent there have been suspicious deaths of suspects in EFCC detention facilities.

In the case of Dr. Abati, HURIWA said it was suspicious and highly debatable that the EFCC could spring to their feet to arrest him only after he wrote a controversial article on the alleged demonic infestations in Aso Rock Villa which reportedly jolted the political establishment in Abuja.

“We caution that government must not deploy the apparatus of anti-graft agencies to deliberately go after perceived dissenting voices. We wonder why Dr. Abati was never interrogated several months after the erstwhile National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki  was detained, only for EFCC to wake up from slumber suddenly when Dr. Abati wrote in his globally acclaimed and debatable article about some spiritual forces haunting occupants of Aso Rock Villa.

“Whilst we support anti-graft fight devoid of political vendetta and witch-hunt, we want to remind government that the Constitutional freedom of expression and opinions are sacrosanct even as all the International human rights laws entered into by Nigeria recognised the fundamental rights of citizens to freely canvass their opinion without fear or favour within the bounds of law.”

•Photo shows Abati.

Source News Express

Posted 27/10/2016 05:01:48 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

 

You may also like...
Minister hails AFRIFF for lifting movie industry

Troops rescue soldiers, civilians kidnapped by Niger Delta...

Military in a fix: Falana, 25 others to...

53 traders drown in Kebbi boat mishap

MTN warns of headline loss per share, cites...

Amosun pays N4.5bn deductions to Ogun workers

Anambra guber: Obiano, APGA jittery, vandalising UPP billboards...

Nyako’s impeachment: No shaking; Amaechi will complete tenure...

Mahmoud is new NBA President; Gal, Ubani emerge...

Xenophobia: Senate withdraws from South Africa trip

Proshare CEO advocates reform of CBN

22 political parties regroup, seek better electoral process...

 

Latest News Music star Burna Boy charged to court for alleged armed robbery Gaddafi’s son eyes Libyan presidency Imo State now a terror zone; Okorocha a full-blown dictator — Activists •Their ordeal in the hands of brutal policemen FG orders arrest of marketers who hoard petrol 5 LASTMA officials nabbed for extortion, 20 others dismissed Public officers should undergo drug test — Emir Sanusi APC hits PDP over $1bn Boko Haram fund Ex-Union Bank manager to spend 9 years in prison for fraud 6 kidnap suspects captured in Aba, victim rescued Uwazurike knocks Governors over $1bn Boko Haram fund Uber driver arrested over rape, murder of embassy worker Lack of facility delays rehabilitation of 200 ex-Boko Haram fighters

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (302,396 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (287,183 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (232,022 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (194,216 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (183,924 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (171,199 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (148,034 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (132,917 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (131,307 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (119,706 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (115,952 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (112,999 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (33) Business (2,825) Business Verdict (30) Columnists (780) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (196) Entertainment (423) Features (529) Global Business Monitor (199) International (1,698) Interviews (138) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (93) News (31,123) Opinion (846) Pidgin (9) Politics (4,231) Religion (655) Sports (1,383) Stock Watch (25) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN Banner advert

CBN Words on marble

 

 

MOBO Awards

 

APO Group Partner

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!