Senate to probe Buhari govt over alleged violations of human rights, Nigerian Constitution


Members of the Senate are set to investigate all cases of human rights abuses allegedly committed by the police, Nigerian Army and other security agencies purportedly inspired by the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

The lawmakers also set out to summon the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami SAN, for explanation over the infractions.

Reaching these conclusions on Tuesday, the upper legislative chambers said it would identify the culprits, victims and offer redress where necessary.

This scheduled positions were listed on the order paper for sponsorship by Senator David Umaru, with the title, “Alarming rise in cases of alleged human rights violations and consistent assault on the provisions of the 1999 constitution by the executive”.

Although this motion was adopted but stepped down for another legislative day, Umaru observed that Nigeria’s democratic credentials have in the last few years become questionable following alarming cases of alleged state-inspired human rights violations and consistent constitutional infractions perpetrated by agencies of government.

Notable instances of such human rights abuses, according to the lawmaker, is the continuous detention of the former National Security Adviser,  Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd), for over two years in total disregard of over four court orders including that of the ECOWAS court.

Other such violations are: the continuous incarceration of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN,  also known as Shi’ites, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, lack of accountability for human rights violations by security agencies and other militant elements including armed herdsmen, heavy-handed violent responses to peaceful protests as exemplified by previous crackdown on agitators from the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.

The Senate also set out to interrogate the recent violent clashes between the police and suspected members of the IMN, who were protesting for the release of their leader, El-Zakzaky, in Abuja and Kaduna respectively.

The lawmakers, in addition, raised alarm over allegations of the country sliding into anarchy and despotism with indices of indiscriminate arrests, unconstitutional detention of citizens under questionable circumstances including Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.

The upper chamber also queried the recent enactment of the controversial executive order No. 006 which permits security agencies to freeze the assets of persons standing trial without recourse to court order, alleged violent attacks on judicial officers and the release of US$496 million from the Excess Crude Account, ECA, for the purchase of 12 super Tucano aircrafts.

On these grounds, the lawmakers called on the Buhari-led federal government to set up a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to investigate all the said cases of human rights abuse as allegedly committed.

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