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Stop visa-on-arrival policy for 10 years, HURIWA tells FG

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigerian (HURIWA) has called on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency stop the issuance of the visa-on-arrival policy for all Africans for the next 10 years so as to checkmate kidnappings, banditry and herders/farmers crisis in the country.

It also said the level of professionalism in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has worsened, while indiscipline has become common among the rank and file.

He added that Enugu and Kogi states were the most affected in breakdown of professionalism among the police and that the Police Service Commission (PSC) was moribund and unresponsive to it responsibilities of enforcing discipline.

“Stop the visa-on-arrival policy for the next 10 years to stop the inflow of foreign herdsmen and build fences around our borders to have a border security,” it said.

President Muhammadu Buhari had at the Peace and Development Summit in Egypt disclosed that Nigeria would begin issuing visa-on-arrival to all African nationals with effect from January 2020.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday in Abuja with the theme, “Poor State of Human Rights and the Collapse of Law Enforcement,” National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko said Kogi and Kaduna federal highways have become kidnappers’ den.

He lamented that police officers were usually nowhere near enough to tame the insecurity because most of them were allegedly involved in the multibillion-dollar franchise of kidnappings for cash ransoms.

Besides, the rights group demanded immediate removal of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Fidelis Ogarebe from the Enugu State Police Command over allegations of oppression and human rights violations of innocent citizens of the state.

HURIWA alleged that Ogarebe had constituted himself into a menace and threat to the peace and civil liberties of the Enugu people, stemming from the fact that he (Ogarebe) has been serving in Enugu State since 1996 when he was commissioned into the Force till date without being posted elsewhere in line with the regular practices in the force.

“We are here to inform the Federal government that human rights situation in Nigeria has deteriorated to the extent that require immediate declaration of a national state of human rights and national security emergency.”


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