Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Don’t use federal might to witch-hunt perceived opponents, HURIWA to FG

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has cautioned the Federal government not to use armed security forces and the anti-graft agencies to witch-hunt perceived dissenting voices.
 HURIWA said the recent arrests of perceived dissenting voices and writers such as Femi Fani-Kayode, the former aviation minister is undemocratic and could signposts a determined campaign against freedom of expression.
In a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, the group said it was suspicious and highly debatable to re-arrest a man who was already arraigned in a competent court of law and granted bail, stressing that it was reminiscent of a coordinated campaign of political witch hunt
The rights group however condemns the recent re-arrest of Fani-Kayode, warning that Fani-Kayode must not be suspiciously eliminated following his allegation of a clandestine plot to poison him in the EFCC cell with the aim of killing him by chemical means. 
HURIWA said the widely reported collapse of Kayode barely 24 hours after he was clamped into detention by the anti-graft body should be viewed critically given that of recent, there have been suspicious deaths of suspects in EFCC’s detention facilities.
“We caution that government must not deploy the apparatus of anti-graft agencies to deliberately go after perceived dissenting voices. 
“Whilst we support anti-graft fight devoid of political vendetta and witch-hunt, we want to remind government that the Constitutional freedoms of expression and opinions are sacrosanct even as all the International human rights laws entered into by Nigeria recognized the fundamental rights of citizens to freely canvass their opinion without fear or favour within the bounds of law.”

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