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Friday 22 November 2019

AI accuses President Buhari of oppression, intimidation, disregard for rule of law


By Fikayo Olowolagba

Amnesty International has accused President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of employing security agents and the judiciary to persecute Nigerians.

The global human rights organization said this while condemning the detention of Omoyele Sowore at Department of State Services, DSS.

The secret police who have refused to release Omoyele Sowore, convener of the Revolution Now Movement, had a few days claimed he may be knocked down by a vehicle if released to protesters demanding his freedom.

DSS had reiterated that it would only release Sowore to his sureties.

Amnesty international in a post on its verified Twitter page on Thursday said that the charges and trial of Sowore has exposed the ‘inadequacies and bizarre manipulation of the Nigerian criminal justice system’

The rights group further called on Buhari to respect human rights of Nigerians and stop using the judiciary as a tool to abuse Nigerians with dissenting opinions.

The post read: “President Muhammadu Buhari must stop using the security agents and judiciary as a tool for persecuting people who voice dissenting opinions, challenge abuse and call for accountability.

“The flawed charges and sham trials of Sowore, Jalingo and Bakare expose the inadequacies and bizarre manipulation of the Nigerian criminal justice system and an unacceptable contempt for the rule of law and human rights.”


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