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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT: IYC hails exposure of violations, calls for release of 49 in DSS detention

The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide has hailed Amnesty International for exposing human rights violations in Nigeria in its 2017/2018 annual report which was released on Thursday February 22, 2018.

According to a release signed by the IYC President, Eric Omare, on Friday, the AI report was a true reflection of the so many human rights abuses committed under the Buhari administration.

”The amnesty international report is a true reflection of the human rights situation in Nigeria. There is a very little difference between the human rights situation during the military era and the current Buhari administration. Under this administration, the rights of Nigerians are violated with reckless abandon without regard to the fact that we are in a civil administration.

”At the time of issuing this statement, about forty nine (49) Niger Deltans are in  various detention facilities of the State Security Services (SSS) for more than one year without trial.

” In some of the cases, competent courts of law established by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), have ordered for their release, but the SSS repeatedly refused to comply with the release orders in disrespect of the court orders.

” This is unthinkable in a democratic government where the rule of law is the cornerstone of governance. It is a dangerous precedent for security agencies established by law to disrespect the orders of court in a democratic government.

”If the authorities have any case against those detained, then, they should be charged to court and not put in indefinite detention. Niger Delta youths such Alex Odogu, John Fortune, Michael John, Gabriel Ogbu, Justice Golubus, Joshua Golubus, Norway Suku, Felix Mieminye and others are currently in detention.

”The illegal detention of Niger Deltans in different detention centres is in addition to the daily violation of human rights in the nook and cranny of the Niger Delta region in the name of various security check points especially in the riverine areas where people are subjected to all sort of dehumanizing treatments.

The group requested for the extension of the international watch dog’s attention to the region, while pleading for the release of the Niger Delta youths in incarceration.

” It is in this regard that we call on Amnesty International and other international human rights organizations to extend their search light and investigation of human rights violations in Nigeria to the Niger Delta region as well. We also call on the international community to prevail on the Nigerian government, to release the 49 Niger Delta youths currently in DSS detention and other Niger Deltans, illegally detained.

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