A Human Right Group based in Bayelsa State, the Zuonaki Human Rights Initiative (ZUHURI) has sent a protest letter to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo over the alleged killing of a 39 years old Boat Driver, Mr. Bolouzimo Tulagha by operatives of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe.
The deceased Boat Driver, Bolouzimo Tulagha, was shot dead at the Polako community waterside in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the State during a Military security operation against suspected militants and gun runners.
While the authorities of the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe insisted that the security operation that led to the killing of the boat driver was right and necessary, the family of the deceased claimed the Boat Driver was shot dead by the soldiers after surrendering with a raise of hands and that he was innocent of the charges of alleged militancy and gun running.
But the Human Right Group, the Zuonaki Human Right Initiative (ZUHURI), in the protest letter addressed to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Chief of Defence Staff and made available to newsmen in Yenagoa, insisted that the killing of the 39 years old Boat Driver was wicked, callous and unprofessional.
According to the letter signed by the Coordinator of the group, Comrade Ebiserikumo Jason Gbasa, “By all standard and in line with known military rule of engagement, the gruesome killing of the boat driver was wicked, barbaric, cruel, heartless and most callous unprofessional act by the Military. We appeal to the Acting President to order the National Human Rights Commission and also for the National Assembly to direct a detailed investigation into the sad event.”
“Instead of waiting for the outcome of petitions sent out to relevant agencies including the Office of the Acting President, the military, under the Operation Delta Safe, are engaged in window dressing of facts and threatening the families of the deceased and some members of the Media.”
‘We call on the Acting President, the Military high authorities and the National Assembly to act quickly so as to give respect to human lives and dignity. Remember a stitch in time saves nine and justice delay is justice delayed.As a group, this is a matter we shall pursue to its logical end and with the use of non-violent approach.”
Criminal minds threatening Army with travel ban: Buratai
Tukur Buratai, Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff has disclosed that he does not mind living in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
Buratai made this statement on Monday in a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja, where they deliberated on the recent End SARS protest and pockets of violence across the country.
Information Nigeria recalls there have been calls by International bodies calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Buratai attacked the international organizations clamoring for a ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I travelled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying
At the meeting, the Army chief said recent events across the country have shown the determination of unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos by all means.
“The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilise Nigeria by all means,” he said.
These individuals, groups and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting to widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.
Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognised rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said.
How iron protector prevented my shop from being robbed: Business man
Chima Smart Nwaneri, a businessman who operates in Owerri, Imo state has disclosed how suspected robbers were unable to burgle his office due to an iron protector.
Nwaneri thanked God for wisdom saying they couldn’t access his goods because of the protector on his ceiling.
Chima wrote on his Twitter account;
“So robbers visited my office where i do my business, but I thank God for wisdom, they couldn’t enter because of the protector on the ceiling..
Help me thank God….”
#EndSARS: We are not collection of angels, Nigerian Police says
The Nigerian police have said its officers are not angels, but the force is doing its best to serve Nigerians better.
This was disclosed in a statement posted on Twitter by the force. This comes after several unrest and pockets of violence that greeted the endsSARS protest against police brutality.
The Nigerian police appear to have started an online campaign to redeem their image and rebuild trust with Nigerian citizens, following the nationwide #EndSARS protests and its devastating fallout.
The security agency which admitted that it is not a collection of angels, however told Nigerians that it is doing its best to ensure better services.
The police, Monday night, uploaded a campaign flyer on Twitter, via their official handle @PoliceNG.
“We are not a collection of angels, but we are doing our best to serve you better,” said the flyer which was produced by the police public relations department, Force Headquarters, Abuja.
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 26, 2020
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