From Ahmad Ibrahim Lokoja
A non governmental organization, Litigation Justice Helpline Foundation has threatened to drag the Nigerian Police to the United Nations over the inhuman treatment being meted out by the police in constantly intimidating the Senator, Representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja and signed by the Director of the Foundation, Ayo Desmond Jonathan, reminded the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, that he would either in or out of office account for his deeds.
He wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari was not calling the Nigerian Police to order, regarding the alleged inhuman atrocities of the organization, pretends not to be aware of the harassment, intimidation of innocent citizens, as serious dangers posed to Nigeria democracy.
He lamented several cases involving the Nigerian Police in which citizens’ rights were infringed upon, with Mr President turning deaf ears, describing the ugly trend as very worrisome and disturbing.
According to him, in a country where several members of the ruling APC were alleged to have been involved in corrupt practice, Mr President is yet to move against them, yet the police finds it convenient to harass, intimidate and infringe on people’s rights perceived to be in the opposition.
Jonathan gave example of the Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Governor Ganduje saga, amongst several other cases of corruption, in which Mr President allegedly provided cover for such persons, amidst the much talked about integrity and fight against corruption.
He said laying siege at the house of Senator Dino Melaye, the disconnection of electricity and water supply to the Senator’s residence as well as constantly firing of teargas into the residence is the least level the police has gone, and warned of consequences if anything happens to the Senator.
The Justice Helpline Foundation is a Human Rights Organization, committed to providing pro bono legal services to the indigent, a whistle blower committed to exposing corruption cases, prison enhancement and decongestion, fight against child labour and drug abuse as well as illegal migration, offers pro bono legal services, carries out prison visitation.
He said that it is unfortunate for the police to have declared wanted, laid siege at the Senators residence, when it was alleged that the men of the Civil Defense, officially assigned to protect the Senator were said to have engaged the police and hoodlums who tried to shot at the senator on that faithful day, on his way to commission some constituency projects, lamented the inaction of the Inspector General of Police,Ibrahim Idris, lamented that the police is displaying its partisanship rather than professionalism.
He therefore stressed the need for the police to be more civil in its approach, warning that it would not hesitate to drag the organization to the UN if any harm befalls the senator by reasons of their action or inaction, at trying to get at the lawmaker, using unprofessional manner.
“Having followed the activities of the Nigerian Police, and with the unfolding event, we have every reason to be concerned about the real motive behind the new attempt to arrest Senator Dino Melaye considering the spate of strange and unresolved deaths of persons in police custody in recent past, he stressed.