HURIWA condemns Imo lawmaker for illegal detention of three boys
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned a member of the Imo State House of Assembly for allegedly detaining Anayo Nwosu, Ifeanyi Nwosu and Ekene Nwosu in house during the Christmas period.
In statement issued by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Director, Zainab Yusuf, it said the detention followed breakdown of transaction between the lawmaker and a rice supplier, who had contracted the three boys to deliver rice to his home in Owerri.
HURIWA confirmed that the Principal Staff Secretary to the Anambra State Governor, Willie Nwokoye, who is an uncle to the victims called its attention to the alleged breach of human rights when the Imo State House of Assembly member failed to release the boys after intervention from the Anambra State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Imo State Commissioner of Police (CP).
It also confirmed speaking to the lawmaker, who confirmed that the three boys have been with him for days, but he denied detaining them, saying he just wanted to use them as a bait to get the rice supplier, who he accused of breaching the agreement to brand the bags of rice he earlier paid for.
The group reminded the lawmaker that under the law, no individual had the right to maintain a private detention facility in his home, stressing that even the police, as a constitutionally recognised law enforcement agency, could not detain citizens in conflict with the law without a court order.
HURIWA further condemned the resort to self-help by the lawmaker and asked the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly to investigate his violation of the fundamental human rights of three Anambra boys, who were abducted and held hostage for three days and another four days at his Emekuku home.
It threatened to petition the United State of America (USA), United Kingdom (UK), Australia and Canada over the development to deny the lawmaker visa to travel to civilised democracies.
The group also hinted that it would take other legal actions to seek redress for the victims of the human rights violations to ensure that the legislator is held accountable for his alleged infractions.