NIS Stampede: After Killing 17 Of Our Youths, Abba Moro Orders The Arrest Of Omojuwa And Others

By CDD Nigeria

Japhet Omojuwa, Uche Briggs, Azeenar Mohammad, Tosin Adex, Ikelolu Senbanjo and Mr. Ogunmola have been arrested for participating in a rally to protest the continuing retention of Abba Moro as the Interior Minister following the NIS recruitment Stampede that claimed the lives of eighteen young men and women with several hundreds injured.

Omojuwa and compatriots were arrested at 3.05pm this afternoon by men of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and hugely brutalized in their custody. According to Prosper Ishua popularly called (last born) of NSCDC armed squad “there is no human rights” while slapping and hitting Omojuwa. She further said, a fact corroborated by other officers present, that the arrest of Omojuwa and others was ordered by the Minister of interior, Mr. Abba Moro and the FCT Minister, Mr. Bala Mohammad.

Have we gone back to the dark goggled Head of State era? How do we reconcile the rising level of impunity in this country? Where is the rule of law? Why has arbitrariness all of a sudden taken centre stage in Nigeria? And, how do we explain a situation, where a serving Minister, Mr. Abba Moro, who in any civilized country would have resigned and be facing trial for fraud, murder and abuse of office, is today in Nigeria not only gallivanting around, but using the instrumentality of his office and position in getting the NSCDC to arrest, torture and brutalize concerned and innocent Nigerians.

It was only the intense pressure from Nigerians that the arrested persons were released after hours of detention at the NSCDC, Police and SSS. The Nigerian government cannot at this time take us back to the dark days when the military oppressed innocent citizens. All Nigerians have the right to peaceful protest, especially when it is over heinous acts like the shoddy and exploitative immigration recruitment exercise. Let the government know that, we know our rights, and no one will take them away.

We call for the immediate sack of Abba Moro.