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We Vehemently Condemned Arrest Of NLC President – NHRC

Written by Pyramid FM Kano


The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has vehemently condemned the recent brutality and violence in the arrest of the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Mr. Joe Ajaero, in Owerri, Imo State.

In a statement signed by the Director, Corporate Affairs and External Linkages Department, Agharese Arase, the Executive Secretary of the Commission Dr. Tony Ojukwu OFR, SAN while reacting to the reported assault of Mr. Ajaero said it was a reprehensible act, a flagrant violation of human rights and an affront to the principles of democracy and rule of law.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission stressed that the “brutality on Mr. Joe Ajero, a senior labour leader, represents impunity and a direct attack on the fundamental rights of individuals to associate and express their views and opinions freely, which is the cornerstone of a democratic society no matter how uncomfortable law enforcement agents feel.

The statement reveals that the Learned Silk has called upon the relevant authorities to swiftly investigate this ugly incident, bring the perpetrators to justice, and ensure that such acts of brutality are neither repeated nor tolerated, while reiterating the commission’s commitment to upholding human rights, protect freedom of expression, and ensure the safety and well-being of all individuals in the country.

Dr. Ojukwu therefore called upon law enforcement agencies to exercise restraint and uphold the principles of democracy and respect for human rights when dealing with unarmed civilians while enforcing law and order.

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