HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST and city lawyer, Femi Aborisade and an NGO, CEDRA have denounced the suppression of protesters on the heel of clampdown on the Shittes Community’s protest.
Aborisade made his view known in a press statement he made available to newsmen. He stated that he “Unequivocally condemn the vicious repression of members of the Shittes by security agents on 16th April 2018, which reportedly led to alleged killings of some of the peaceful protesters and fatal injuries sustained by numerous other protesters.
“Repression of peaceful protesters is unimaginable under a supposed civil Rule”.
He called on the “Labour movement, organised labour, the NLC and TUC, to take practical action in defence of basic rights of the Shittes to protest peacefully.
“The APC-controlled Federal Government has demonstrated, time and again, that it is lawless, having failed to obey the orders of the court that Elzakzaky and his Wife be released from detention without trial.
“The PMB-led Federal Government has lost all legitimate right to remain in power. If PMB lacks the capacity to remove the heads of security agencies who are responsible for the killing of peaceful protesters, the National Assembly should take steps to impeach PMB for the abysmal failure to maintain or guarantee security of lives”.
CEDRA on its part described as “fascist, lawless and suppressive tradition of the Buhari-led government in handling the yearnings and aspirations of aggrieved groups in the country”.
Aborisade called “for the immediate release of Elzakzaky, his Wife and all those who have been arrested and detained in the course of peaceful protests for the release of Elzakzaky.
“Repression of fundamental rights being experienced under the APC-controlled Federal Government does not justify the sacrifices made by ordinary people who resisted military dictatorship”.
John Danfulani, Chairman of Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy, CEDRA, in the statement he made available to newsmen pointed out that “Mobile Policemen stormed the Unity Fountain, shot menacingly in the air, before pumping the venue with poisonous teargas.
“As the molested Shiite ran for cover, the Gestapo Nigeria police chased them, beating them and stamping women and children under their jackboot, leaving trails of blood.
“Some of the leaders, were not only battered, but were arrested and hauled to detention, to add yet to the litany of evil that the Nigeria State under President Mohammadu Buhari has wrought on the millions of Shiite members in Nigeria.
“The same odious act was repeated at the Nigeria Human Right Commission this afternoon when members of the Shiite took their grievances there.”
Danfulani wandered, “The Shiite who lost over a thousand members after two days massacre by members of the Nigeria Army in Zaria between December 12 and 15, 2015 have become a targeted group for elimination, under the intolerance regime of the Buhari.
“With its headquarters destroyed, Sheik Zakzaky, and his wife were not only nearly fatally shot, their three sons were eliminated in a macabre reaction to an alleged blockage of a road on which, Gen. Buratai was supposed to use as the Shiites were in their traditional procession on the 12th December 2015.”
“Today’s act of state terror against the Shiite,” according CEDRA, “must be condemned by all men and women of honour.
“CEDDRA calls on Nigeria to stand up in solidarity with the persecuted Shiite. Silence here is dangerous since, this government has shown shocking proclivity towards shielding murderous Fulani herdsmen, while coming heavily against any group or persons who challenge its ineptness, or agitates for an equitable Nigeria.
“CEDRA believes that the right to protest is constitutional as well as natural. Therefore using force to stop Shi’as from protesting by police and other security agencies is criminal.
“CEDRA calls for the immediate release of the arrested person and restitution paid them for the wickedness of the police.
“We also insist on the unconditional release of Zakazky and his wife and all Shiite members languishing under the gulags of President Mohammadu Buhari.”
This piece first appeared in the Telescope written by Bridget SAMUEL, Kaduna