Following series of peaceful protests across the country, some peaceful protesters are reported to have been harassed, molested, shot at and even detained wrongfully by Police officers.
Due to the wrongful detaining of these people, the NBA (Nigeria Bar Association), Ibadan Branch has authorized the Branch’s Human Rights Committee to provide free legal representation to victims of Police brutality and harassment.
Mrs Adelayo L-Oriekun, Vice Chairman, NBA Ibadan and chairperson, NBA Ibadan Human Rights Committee made the announcement.
It goes thus;
“Following the recent #EndSARS protests by Nigerians and the pronouncement by the Inspector General of Police dissolving the Special Anti-Robbery Squad with its attendant abuse of human rights, the Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan Branch in pursuance of its objective under Section 2(4) of the Uniform Bye-Law is committed to promoting the rule of law, protection of protesters’ fundamental human rights and holding the government accountable for breach of constitutional rights of members of the public.
As a result, the NBA, Ibadan Branch has authorised the Branch’s Human Rights Committee to:
- Provide free legal representation to victims of police brutality and harassment.
Receive report of cases of police harassment to the NBA Ibadan Branch by calling the helpline on +2349040000079
Convene a public enlightenment session in collaboration with relevant stakeholders for the protection and enforcement of fundamental human rights of members of the public.
Call for legal practitioners to volunteer their services to support the Human Rights Committee in defending the rights of members of the public.
The statement added that: “Consequently, we enjoin all legal practitioners and members of the general public to assist and support the Nigerian Bar Association, Ibadan Branch in achieving the above-stated tasks in whatever reasonable capacity possible”