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Rights writers demand arrest of brawling legislators

26 June 2015, 08:35Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has called for the arrest and prosecution of members of the Federal House of Representatives spotted on live television engaging in fisticuffs over differences on selection of house leaders.

Speaking against the backdrop of the physical exchanges in the House on Thursday, the rights group, through its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the National Media Affairs Director, Zainab Yusuf, raised concern.

HURIWA said legislative immunity should not cover committal of illegality and grave crimes that border on criminality and infliction of bodily harm.

“Nigeria must ensure that our laws are no respecter of any person no matter how highly placed. It's not in the place of law makers to engage on illegality believing that they have immunity against arrest and prosecution,” the HURIWA officials stated.

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“The constitution of Nigeria does not and will not recognise any outrageous criminal activities of misbehaving warriors masquerading as legislators. Persons who perpetrate any kind of crime must be prosecuted and sanctioned in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The HURIWA officials said the national Assembly members must not be allowed to destabilise the current experimentation with democracy and multi party rule.

“Enough is enough,” said Onwubiko and Yusuf.

- CAJ News


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