HURIWA condemns police attack on FCT minister’s driver
Demands transparent investigation
Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the alleged attack and physical torture of one Mr Idoko, the driver to the Minister of State for FCT by an unruly mob watched by armed policemen at the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja on Thursday.
The group urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba to direct the Police Commissioner in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Babaji Sunday, to institute a transparent and unbiased investigation of remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the alleged physical torture of the driver.
National Coordinator for HURIWA, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement yesterday, said it is considering approaching the National Assembly through the Committees on public petitions, the offices of the Senate President and the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives to seek redress for this ‘flagrant abuses ‘of the constitutionally protected human rights of Mr. Idoko by a mob and watched by the many police operatives at the APC national secretariat.
The group said: “It has been told that the Commissioner of Police in the FCT may have been told a different, but fake story by the offending police operatives, responsible for the severe physical brutality meted out on the driver to the minister of State for FCT because signal reaching our desk is of the view that the FCT police hierarchy may have taken sides with their operatives who committed this despicable crime of human rights violations on this poor Nigerian.
“If the office of the IGP was not informed of this primitive act of injustice and brutality on a Nigerian citizen then there would be no possible redress and punishment for the offending police operatives who are now twisting the narratives against the victim of their spectacular human rights abuse. We will take up the matter to ensure that justice is done.”