Group to Buhari: You’re Writing Letter to Another Boko Haram Sect Over El-Zakzaky *Says, Release Metuh or Charge him to Court
Barely a month of violent clash between the soldiers in the convoy of the Chief of Army Staff, Major-General T.Y. Brutai and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria(IMN), popularly called "Shittee" in kaduna State, a human rights group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice(CHRSJ) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the authority of Nigeria Military, particularly, Nigeria Army, against written a letter to another Boko Haram sect type of war for the way and manner the Nigeria authority was handling the crisis,thereby calling for unconditional and immediate release of the leader of the Shittee movement, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his over 700 followers
that were arrested by the Nigeria Army during the avoidable violent clash.
The rights also called for the release of the corpse of the members that were killed by men of Nigeria Army during the clash for proper burial in line with Islamic tradition.
Similarly,it called on the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission(EFCC) to release the National Publicity Secretary of the
opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Chief Olisah Metuh for
lacking of any evidence against him(Metuh) on the allegation of N1.4
billion of the $2.1billion arms deals purportedly and allegedly
traced to his account,but saying that if the anti-graft body has
series of evidence against Metuh as being alleged by the authority of
the nation,adding that they should not waste time to charge him to
Court for the alleged offence.
In a statement issued and signed by the CHRSJ's Executive
Chairman,Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman,which a copy was made
available to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday,maintained that the illegal
continue detention of Metuh in the EFCC's cell without charging him to
court of competent jurisdiction, was an affront of gross violation of
Metus's fundamental human rights as stipulated in the amended 1999
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria , African Charter on
Human and Peoples Rights ( ACHPR ) and UN International Instruments on
Human rights,describing the EFCC action as illegal,unlawful and
unconstitutional which was contrary to the section 36(5) of the
amended 1999 Constitution that "every person who is charged with a
criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent until he is proved
Speaking further on El-Zakzaky,Comrade Sulaiman declared that the
Federal Government-led by President Buhari has wrong the leader and
members of the Shittee for launching avoidable attack on them during
their Islamic programme which made the some Shittee members to loss
their lives and as well sustained various degree of injuries.
The rights activist hinted that it would not possible for the country
to witness another similar Boko Haram crisis from another Islamic
group like Shittee,warning against pushing the members of the group to
launch attack back against the Nigeria government under Buhari'
watch,condemning the utterances of Kaduna State government officials
over the incident and doubt the objectivity of the Commission of
Inquiry set up by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai led- Kaduna State
government,alleging that the Commission of Inquiry was set up with
sole aim of indicting the leader and members of the Islamic Movement
However on Metuh,CHRSJ chief who saluted the uncommon courage of the
Country's main opposition spokesperson,Chief Metuh for daring the
officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) by
refusing to write any statement under their cover in line with section
35(2) of the amended 1999 Constitution,adding that the anti-graft body
should not be allowed to turn itself to Police station where the
statement of the suspect was obtained and advised the EFCC to charge
Metuh to Court without further delaying.
According to Sulaiman, "It will not augur well for Nigeria to
experience another type of related Boko Haram war presently ravaging
the North-Eastern part of the country.The harrowing experience of the
Boko Haram in the country as a result of extra judicial killing of
Boko Haram leader,Muhammed Yusuf.
"The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari should be extremely careful and handle the
present Army/Shittee clash with care,so as to avoid being escalated beyond control.
"Failure to charge the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) spokesperson,
Chief Olisah Metuh to Court within the reasonable time of the law,had
exposed the antics and illegality of the Economic and financial Crimes
Commission(EFCC) under the government of President Muhammdu Buhari
led-Federal Government.This development has shown that the present
Buhari's government is striving hard to gag the opposition in the land
as a way to return the country back to the dark days of Military era
where the rule of law was alien to the Country.
It seems President Muhammadu Buhari is gradually descending Nigeria to the Hobbesian
State of nature where life is solitary,poor,nasty, and short which against the rule of law and oppose to jungle justice of EFCC.It is general believe of democracy law as applicable in Nigeria today, is that anybody accused of a crime, is entitled to a fair trail before punishment".
He therefore called on President Buhari to retrace his administration steps so far by ordering the unconditional release of those who were incarcerated unjustly under this government presently.
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