Nigeria

Police brutality and victimization: Social Action to lead civil rights and women groups in protest

Social Action, a Civil Society Organisation based in Nigeria, in league with coalition of Civil Rights and Women Groups have petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris on an alleged criminal intimidation, victimization and human rights abuse of a British National in Nigeria, Mrs. Nehanda Jackson Nyakasikana by officials of the Nigerian Police; the DIG, Force CIID and CP, Interpol in collusion with some highly connected individuals in the Nigeria.
The Civil Society Organisation in their petition signed by their Head of National Advocacy Centre, Vivian Bellonwu-Okafor  – a copy of which was made available to The Atlantic Post – stated that “these persons following issues of employment contract disagreement with Mrs. Nehanda, had conspired and used State apparatus and personnel through the DIG, Force CIID as well as the CP, Interpol to hound, harass, intimidate, arrest, detain and extort monies from her, under guise of some trumped up allegations and phony investigations.”
 “With extensive abuses and denial of her basic Freedoms carried out against her and established case of willfull vendetta, conspiracy and intimidation as well as glaring unprofessional conducts by police officers involved in this matter, Social Action had raised a strong petition to the Inspector-General of Police drawing his attention to the abuses as perpetrated by the said Police divisions in his command, urging him to take concrete steps to set up credible investigation into the matter with a view to getting to the root of and addressing the identified abuses and professional misconducts.
 “Sadly, several months since the I.G was petitioned over this issue and with several reminders, nothing has been done by the NPF, rather, to our dismay, the Police (personnel) has been involved in steps to effectively obstruct justice in this matter.
 “Social Action and Coalitions and the Women Groups are therefore soon to embark on protest March against the police to press home the demand for Justice for Mrs Nehanda Nyakasikana,” the petition read.
 The Atlantic Post will be giving you details of actions as they proceed.