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Rights body wants UN to sanction Buhari

08 January 2016, 19:15

Abuja - A pro-democracy organisation plans to send a petition to the United Nations Human Rights Council to demand it sanctions President Muhammadu Buhari over the disregard of court orders to release some suspects accused of serious crimes.

Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) said it might also report the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for alleged gross professional incompetence to the United Nations body.

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Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA head, said the commission had been silent to serial violations by Buhari of validly issued bail orders granted by Federal High Court to leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and erstwhile National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

Dasuki is under probe for misappropriating funds meant to procure arms for the military while Kanu is facing terrorism charges.

“National human rights institutions, established and operating under the Principles Relating to the Status of National Institutions (the Paris Principles), in particular in regard to quasi-judicial competence, may serve as effective means of addressing individual human rights violations,” said Onwubiko.

“We are thereby scandalised that the management of NHRC has abdicated from carrying out its monitoring of human rights violations but have chosen to chase after politicians.”

HURIWA expressed shock that several weeks after courts gave binding bail orders in favor of Kanu and Dasuki which Buhari refused to comply with, the NHRC “had said nothing” in condemnation.

“What is the role of the National Institution for the protection of human right if not to serve as the conscience of the nation and to shout loud and clear in condemnation of this brigandage against our constitutional freedoms by armed security operatives with the approval of Mr.  President?”

He gave a negative assessment of the rights commission.

“The current management of NHRC is a disgrace.”

- CAJ News


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