Sunday, March 29, 2020

Covid 19: CEPEJ To IGP, Caution Police To Respect Hu an Rights On Enforcement Of Compliance

...... enjoined Security Agencies, especially the NPF to respect the Fundamental Human Rights of Nigerian Citizens.

... says Lockdown may be hindered if gestures lack understanding.

...says Nigerians need public enlightenment most importantly than the use of force on Compliance enforcement.

....says Police and other Security Agencies should be polite, don't inflict pains on Citizens.

... CEPEJ says this period of Traumatic experience should be a time to protect lives, encourage and engage citizens towards Sustainable solutions and Development.

...says respect for Fundamental Human Rights is enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.

... tasked Journalists, media Organizations, Federal Government, State Governors and other critical stakeholders to take the lead on Citizens' Education, Sensitization.

By Victor Bieni

WARRI- DELTA STATE- The National Coordinator, Centre For Peace And Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), a renowned human rights and Peace advocate in Nigeria, Comrade Mulade Sheriff, has appealed to the Inspector General of Police, A. M Adamu,  AIGs and Commissioners of police in various states of the federation to strongly advise, caution and charge officers of the police force to kindly respect the fundamental rights of Nigerians and other Nationals in the enforcement of lockdown, closure and restriction of movements across the Nation.

Comrade Sheriff who is  foremost Peace, human rights Advocate, Environmentalist, and United Nations Peace  Ambassador,  strongly made this  appeal to security agencies, particularly the Nigeria police to adhere strictly to the fundamental rights of Nigerians in a press release made available to some group of Journalists in Warri today being Sunday, 29th March, 2020.

The Activist stated that the Fundamental Human Rights of Citizens are clearly enshrined in the constitution, therefore that Security Agencies should be guided by the rules of engagement while  enforcing compliance to curtail and prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus.

Comrade Mulade expressed concerns and worries over the way and manners some police officers charged with the responsibility of protecting lives and property are now the ones vandalizing items that they are expected to protect, noting that Nigerians are going through sudden and unexpected  trauma which needs encouragement and polite  engagement.

He stated that the law enforcement agents and the entire populace are  victims of this difficult time, therefore the Nigeria police and other security agencies saddled with the responsibility of enforcing adherence to orders should exercise caution.

The United Nations Peace Ambassador noted further that the Police and other law enforcement Agencies should exercise caution  not to inflict pains and more hardship which will exasperate the already harsh and tense situation in the country.

In his words: "I charged the Nigeria Media, the Federal and State governments to continue to educate the people with relevant information on why they should continue to obey restriction orders from the government".

 "The law enforcement agents should equally understand that a larger population of the people are semi-literates and illiterates, and therefore communities may find it difficult to comprehend properly the COVID-19 virus and the dangers it poses to the entire nation".

"No doubt,  there would be resistance from the people on the various restrictions and lockdown orders due to lack of understanding but as the days go by it will need the efforts of all enlightened minds to educate and put the public in the right position to abide by the laws from government which will assist in our collective fight of COVID-19 virus that has become a global pandemic".

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