Following the arrest of some members of the Bring Back our Girls (BBOG) the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari; Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, of violating the Fundamental rights of its members.
In a statement issued by CDHR National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Henry Peter Ekine, the group decried the action of the Commissioner of Police describing it as unprofessional and unfortunate in a democratic state, adding that they were utterly disturbed that the Commissioner could display tactless over-zealousness.
The CDHR also condemned the conduct of the Police in preventing the BBOG group from exercising their fundamental right to freedom of expression, association, and movement, including their right of solidarity to engage in a legitimate rally to advance their lawful interest.
The Human Rights group disclosed that the conduct of the Police is oppressive, primitive and embarrassing. They added that it illegally prevented the members of the BBOG from exercising their legitimate freedoms and violated their fundamental rights.
It will be recalled that the BBOG, led by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, had earlier converged at the Unity Fountain, Abuja on Tuesday, 23rd January 2017 for their usual rally to attract attention to their patriotic calling for the release of the abducted Chibok Girls.
Ezekwesili said ”they violated my freedom of movement by locking me in broad daylight at the Unity Fountain. ‘’This is a democracy. Officer Tina Ishaya just again refused to let me out of their wall “The Government of President Buhari instructed the Inspector General of Police to detain me and other members of BBOG Nigeria here at the Unity Fountain.”
CDHR maintained that the conduct by the COP on the directive of the IGP, and other similar conducts of abuse and violation of the rights of citizens by the Police and other state agents, could inflame anarchy in the country asking President Buhari, and other government agencies to respect the rights of all citizens and abide by the Constitution of the country.