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Opposition wary of human rights violations

02 December 2015, 08:20Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the international community and rights bodies to note the alleged growing impunity and gross violation of human rights by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.

Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said the development was tailored to intimidate the opposition and silence the media in the country.

“We call on the international community and rights bodies worldwide to note the growing impunity and gross violation of human rights by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government tailored to decimate the opposition and cow the media in Nigeria,” Metuh said.

This follows the arrest of former chairman of African Independent Television (AIT), Raymond Dokpesi and  other opposition elements.

The opposition party also alerted that it had been made aware that more notable PDP leaders have similarly been listed for arrest over unproven allegations pursuant to the plot by the APC to cow and silence opposition in the country.

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“The military style of pronouncement of guilt on Chief Dokpesi before any fair hearing, betrays the fact that he is a victim of political persecution and mob trial by the APC government because of his association with the PDP. While the PDP is not against the war against corruption, we insist that the crusade must be carried out within the limits of the law and not as a guise to persecute and torture opposition elements in the country,” Metuh added.

The opposition party expressed fear over the pronouncement of guilt even without being giving the opportunity within his rights as a citizen to state his own side of the story.

“The President Buhari-led government is sidestepping the laws to ensure that Chief Dokpesi does not get justice in the court, a plot which they want to extend to other PDP leaders. The PDP therefore demands an open and public trial of all those arrested so that all issues and charges against them as well as their defence therein would also be in the public domain,” said Metuh.

He demanded a proper investigation and lawful prosecution instead of the resort to outright political persecution.

- CAJ News


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