CSO condemns police for assault on FCT minister's driver and wants a transparent probe
HURIWA stated in a media statement that the Commissioner of Police in the FCT may have been told a different but false story by the police operatives responsible for the severe physical brutality meted out to the driver of the Honourable Minister of State for the FCT because the signal reaching our desk suggests that the FCT police hierarchy may have sided with the heinous and despicable crimes against human rights. HURIWA has said that it would pursue the case to ensure justice is served.
"The incident happened on August 18, 2022, in the APC National Party secretariat, where Her Excellency, the Minister of State, FCT, Hajia Ramatu Tijni Aliyu was present as a member of the committee set up to help the North-West."Outside of the event site, it was alleged that one of Her Excellency's drivers was being beaten up and falsely and criminally accused of being a thief while surrounded by police officers and other citizens. The driver was rescued and transported to the hospital for emergency treatment when the crowd was told that he was not a robber but rather Her Excellency's chauffeur.
The police officer and CSO affiliated with the Party Secretariat who attacked him falsely claimed that the driver assaulted them, despite the fact that the driver was being severely beaten by them.
HURIWA, via National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, stated that based on her preliminary investigation, it appears that the security chief of the All Progressives Congress's National Secretariat was overzealous by not exercising his powers judiciously and in civility, but instead descended into the arena of the arrogance of power by allegedly instigating the physical torture of the driver of the honourable minister of state for the federal capital territory, Mr IDOKO, whose human rights were trampled.
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) is pleased to note that the scope of the Force's operations has been expanded to facilitate the achievement of its general objective, which is to provide a police service that complies with the principles of accountability, transparency, protection of human rights and freedom. The Force is charged with protecting the rights of every Nigerian in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, and any other relevant legislation, as stipulated in Section 4 of the Act. HURIWA is satisfied with the newly found optimism of the Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Usman Alkali Baba, to instil professional excellence and dexterity into the duties of the Nigerian police, and we have no doubt that his office will ensure that this poor Nigerian citizen, whose rights were violated by police operatives along with other members of the unruly mob, is brought to justice and his violated rights are adequately redressed.