A prominent Civil Rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has alleged that federal and state government have enlisted some court judges to infringe on the rights of Nigerians.
This was as HURIWA charged the media to investigate and publish information on these court judges allegedly enlisted by the Federal and state government to infringe on human rights.
In a statement signed and made available to journalists by its National Coordinator, Mr Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA accused the Federal government, and the heads of the Courts of collective conspiracy to silence dissenting voices in the country.
HURIWA accused the Federal government of resorting to self help measures because it is unable to steer the ship of state away from the economic adversity it has self inflicted on Nigerians due to poor economic policies.
The Rights group insisted that government has realised that it has “failed comprehensively to deliver all the promises made to voters and have concluded that the only way to retain power is to curtail the enjoyment of constitutional freedoms enshrined in the chapter four of the supreme law.”
In the face of this coordinated attacks on freedoms of the citizenry, HURIWA has tasked the media “under section 22 of the Constitution to investigate and publish background information’s on the judges that are now enlisted by the Federal government and some state governments to perpetuate horrendous human rights abuses through obnoxious ex-parte orders and unattainable bail conditions issued to detained Rights activist are journalists such as Omoyele SOWORE; denial of bail application by Agba Jalingo and many other users of social media detained in the orders of many governors.”
It also advocated the “immediate blacklisting of seemingly public relations routine coverages extended to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, the Attorney General of the federation and minister of justice, the Chief justice of Nigeria, the Chief judge of federal high court, the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS); the governors of Cross Rivers; Kaduna; Kano and Kebbi states and the office of the Inspector General of Police until they purge themselves of the tendencies to abuse their offices and powers by adopting contrived interpretation of the cybercrime and Counter-Terrorism laws as tools of political witch hunt targeting dissenting voices including journalists and civil Rights leaders.”
HURIWA said the government has turned logic on its head by misapplication of Cyber crime and anti terrorism laws to use them as instruments of witch hunt and vicious clampdown on social activists and social media users.
The rights group lamented over the “conspiratorial silence of the central body of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ); the Guild of Editors and the Nigerian Labour Congress in the face of the current hurricane and brazen attacks of free speech and other basic and fundamental rights of citizens as clearly guaranteed by Chapter four and chapter two of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended) as committed by security agents under the direct control and command of President Muhammadu Buhari.” the group said.