Published On: Thu, May 23rd, 2019

2019 Election Violence: Group asks court to order for Gov Wike’s probe

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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

A human right group, has ask the federal high court in Abuja, to order the investigation of Governor of River State, Nyesom Wike, over the violence during the conduct of the 2019, Presidential election in the state.
The Plaintiff, the Incorporated Trustees Global Integrity Crusade Network, is praying the court to compel the National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) to launch an investigation and probe of the governor’s alleged involvement in the electoral violence that greeted the state during the election.
The right group, has through their counsel, Mr. Edward Omaga, applied for an of Order of Mandamus compelling the commission to begin investigation into the role of Governor Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the crisis that led to injury of Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo.
According to the plaintiff, the duo were attacked while performing their legitimate duties of ensuring a hitch free collation at Obio/Akpor Local Government Headquarters Collation Centre in Rivers State.
They were sent to maintain peace during the controversial Rivers State Governorship Election conducted on 9th March, 2019 in which the incumbent, Barr. Nyesom Wike sought re-election for a second term.
The plaintiff is also asking the court for an order directing that the sum of N5billion be paid by Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as compensation to Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo.
The application is premised on the strength of Section 6 (1) (e) of the National Human Rights (Amendment) Act, 2010, for the violation of their fundamental rights to human dignity.
In an affidavit in support of the claim, the plaintiff said it is seeking the order on the ground that on 20th March, 2019 the Plaintiff/Applicant wrote a letter to the Defendant drawing its attention to the ugly incidence of inhuman treatment, violent attack and attempt to murder some military officers, particularly Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo.
‘’Unless and until the Defendant is compelled by an Order of this Honourable Court it will continue to leave the fundamental rights of Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo unenforced with the attendant negative effect on their health.
‘’The failure, refusal and or omission by the Defendant to investigate the role of Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the crisis that led to injury to the persons of Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo has caused them severe pain, mental trauma and psychological great damage, thereby entitling them to compensation.
‘’The Plaintiff/Applicant is aggrieved and hereby applies that this Honourable Court invokes the provisions of the law by issuing a Writ of Mandamus compelling the Defendant to forthwith jumpstart investigation of the role of Governor Nyesom Wike and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the crisis that led to injury to the persons of Captain Adams Salami and Corporal Adeosun Adebayo at about 10.30pm of Saturday, March 9, 2019 while the duo were performing their legitimate duties of ensuring a hitch free collation at the outer perimeter of Obio/Akpor Local Government Headquarters Collation Centre in Rivers State and appropriately refer the offenders to the Attorney-General of the Federation or Attorney-General of Rivers State, for prosecution’’, the plaintiff said.

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