Group writes Buhari, PSC, others over rights violation by police CID in Abuja

A group, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ) has written to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Police Service Commission (PSC) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged violation of citizens’ rights by operatives of the Federal Criminal Investigation Department in Abuja.

In a statement issued by the Executive Director of the group, Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman on Thurday, the relevant authorities should been their searchlights on the activities of the DIG Joseph Egbunike led department, saying the conduct of personnel attached to the department leaves much to be desired

In the statement obtained by DAILY RIPPLES, Sulaiman stated that CHRSJ has also written to the National Assembly, the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU) as well as the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to inform them of the nefarious activities of these police officers

Sulaiman on behalf of the group made specific reference to the plights of some Nigerians whom it claim are at the mercy of these policemen in Abuja.

According to the group, Sandra Ayan, Isaac Godson, Tossave Ar[phoase, Mary James and Jubril Yusuff are the latest victims of the policement attached to the department whom he accused of overtly extorting their victims on flimsy accusation.

The group stated that their ordeal begun on the 31st of October when they were picked up from their respective residences and have since been kept incommunicado from their families and lawyers, a development that runs contrary to the Constitution.

“From the information at our disposal, the victims were kept incommunicado for five days at Sango-Otta Police area Command before being transferred to Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCID) on Friday, 5th of November.” The statement reads.

According to CHRSJ the detainees who have not been charged before any court of law were accused of stealing the sum of N310m from the home of a prominent Abuja based Nigerian

“Our findings revealed that those detained were innocent of the charge hence the inability of the police to prosecute them but that the intent is to extort money from them before eventual release.” He said.

He regretted that the detainees have not been accorded the opportunity to legal representation since detention just as they have not been allowed access to their family members.

“Since Sunday, 31st of October, till this present moment they have not been allowed to see their lawyers neither have they seen any member of their families.” Sulaiman added.


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