HURIWA blasts Lai Mohammed, Police, DSS over detention of Carter, Jolayemi, Ogbonna
The body, in a statement on Monday, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to act on horrendous violations of citizens’ rights to freedom of expression.
HURIWA, in a statement by Emmanuel Onwubiko, the National Coordinator called for the arrest of Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, over Jolayemi’s incarceration because of a critical poem.
The body noted that “feudalistic tendencies violate everything that is associated with constitutional democracy and the Rule of law” and urged Buhari to probe the matter if he wants any form of legacies to be bequeathed by his administration by the end of 2023.
Noting that “crimes against humanity must never go unpunished”, the rights group said it will petition the governments of the United States of America, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Germany to slam a travel ban on Lai Mohammed.
HURIWA told the minister to resign, while chiding the Police Commissioner in Kwara State, Kayode Egbetokun, “for being used to commit the horrendous crime of hostage taking. The reported unlawful detention of two brothers and the wife of the journalist amounted to armed kidnapping which should be treated as such”.
The group urged the Buhari administration to sanction Mohammed and Egbetokun, warning that the culture of impunity and criminality where government officials resort to self help must end.
“This is a violation of the Section 15(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 which. We demand the immediate release of Rotimi Jolayemi and payment of compensation for his and family’s arbitrary illegal arrest and arbitrary detention.”
HURIWA also condemned the continuous detention of Akwa Ibom based journalist, Kufre Carter by the Department of State Services (DSS) despite perfecting bail the court granted.
His lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has accused the DSS of waiting Governor Udom Emmanuel’s directive before releasing Carter.
Similarly, HURIWA denounced the continual confinement of a lawyer based in Aba, Gabriel Ogbonna, by DSS on the alleged orders of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.