Huriwa Tasks Buhari On Covid-19 Lockdown's Security Of Lives:
"The seemingly unending violent robberies that have characterized the nearly Month-long lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to contain the rampaging Covid-19 disease in Nigeria are certainly some of the most disturbing human rights violations that the Federal Government of Nigeria must not just be seen to be combating through mere newspaper propaganda but must be confronted heavily with every intelligence-les crime fighting might that is available to the Armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria".
With the above summation, the Prominent Civil Rights Advocacy group-: HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to address this emerging violence in parts of Lagos, Ogun and other States with a view to activating effective and efficient crimes fighting mechanisms including the setting up of a joint military; para-military and Police taskforces to be coordinated by the office of the Chief of Defence Staff to immediately stamp out these armed marauders who have made living very intoleranly harsh in those aforementioned States under total curfew.
HURIWA has also in a related development condemned the reckless redeployment of the Rivers State's COMMISSIONER of Police Mustspha Dandaura by the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu after a week that the Aviation minister and Cousin of President Muhammadu Buhari in the person of Senator Hadi Sirika carpeted the Police chief for agreeing to enforce a state-wide curfew in Rivers State by Governor Nyesom Wike which culminated in the arrest, detention and prosecution in the Rivers State's High court of two Pilots of Caverton Helicopters by the Rivers State Government for flouting the executive order issued lawfully by Governor Nyesom Wike which had imposed restrictions of movements into Rivers State.
HURIWA in the Statement has tasked the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to speak on another allegation that the then Rivers State's Police Commissioner reputed as one of the best Crime fighting cops in the Country was redeployed because he allegedly refused to capitulate to the political pressures from powerful politicians with connections to the powers that be in the nation's capital to release one Mr. Adamu Musa an alleged member of a gang of kidnappers that reportedly assassinated former Rivers State's governorship Candidate Mr. Soalabo West last month. " We learnt from the grapevine that pressure mounted unsuccessfully on the now redeployed Police Commissioner Mustapha Dandaura to free his "Kinsman the SUSPECTED kidnapper and alleged Killer Adamu Musa".
HURIWA lamented that the cocktails of allegations against the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu on his inexplicable removal of the Rivers State's COMMISSIONER of Police Mustapha Dandaura who was doing so well and who has successfilly cracked many complex crimes including the arrest of the dreaded serial killer of dozens of women Mr. Gracious David West and has successfully destroyed several feared armed kidnapping gangsters has come at a time that the police Inspector General of Police has failed to prosecute the hundreds of kidnappers the police parades in the media for msny months.
Also in the words of the RIGHT'S promotion and protection platform (HURIWA), it is unfortunate that under the current Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu hundreds of armed Fulani herdsmen and kidnappers have been reportedly arrested and paraded before the media and soon after the nation continues to witness armed kidnappings by armed Fulani herdsmen and other armed groups just as HURIWA carpeted the Police chief for not accounting to the people of Nigeria on the exact status and whereabouts of these deadly mass killers that his office frequently paraded without any meaningful or constructive prosecution both by him and the Federal Attorney General and minister of justice Alhaji Abubakar Malami (SAN).
"The allegation that the former police crime fighting chief Mustapha Dandaura was sacrificed on the alter of prebendalism and Ethnic politics and for resisting pressure to release a suspected murderer is a very serious charge that must be looked at holistically and addressed transparently because it is unnatural that a commissioner of police who is performing optimally well to combat violent crimes and criminality can just be uprooted from his beat and relegated to the office task of the provost of Police. What will he be doing there as provost of Police? Will he go after criminals in police uniform or what and why is this posting happening at this time of health emergency that all hands need to be on deck? Is the Inspector General of Police creating the impression that commissioners of police should not implement lawful orders made by state governors for the maintenance of law and order in their states of posting? This removal to put it mildly is a huge POLITICAL miscalculation that has thrown up the issue of how so well committed is the federal police ready to work for the public good of the 36 states of the Federation independent of party politics of ABUJA or the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari".
HURIWA said: " It is a widely reported facts with wide ranging evidence and eye witnessess that just barely a week into the lockdown order declared in Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on March 29 by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that it has become apparent that the Nigerian Police Force and even the Department of States Services (DSS) are not in anyway prepared or adequately deployed to maintain law and order and infact the primary ingredient of maintenance of law and order in the twenty First century has to do with the CONSTITUTIONALLY mandated and obligated duty of providing security to life and property of the Citizens."
"We then ask why the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would declare a total lockdown for law abiding Nigerians and never envisaged the possibility and inevitability of the grave risks posed to the lives of Nigerians by armed robbers and other armed marauders including armed Fulani herdsmen who are now terrorizing Mbaise in Imo State, parts of Delta and PLATEAU States? Why subject Nigerians observing the curfew to the harsh realities of having to stay away from work but to continuously being attacked viciously by all sorts of armed hoodlums? We have received dozens of save our souls calls from distressed Nigerians under violent robbery attacks in many areas of Lagos state".
HURIWA said it was worried that some victims of the robberies were actually sent a notice by the armed hoodlums and wondered why the armed security forces trained and equipped to combat violent crimes are usually no where to be found when these violent crimes are going on even to the ridiculous extent that the robbers robbed Nigerians with POS and could spend several hours without the arrival of the armed police.
The Rights group HURIWA said the best panacea is for the President to have constituted or to now constitute a Special joint security task forces under the command and control of the nation's Chief of Defence staff to coordinate a wide and effective fight against these armed marauders terrorizing Nigerians who are observing the COVID-19 LOCKDOWN.
" HURIWA strongly believes that the Nigerian Police Force has become too POLITICALLY DILUTED and have lost their professional soul to COMBAT armed marauders. The President must think out of the box and come up with a quick win mechanism to nip in the bud these cases of armed violent attacks against the Nigerian citizens. The President needs to set up special taskforce composed of all armed security forces to comb the streets and eradicate these armed marauders terrorizing Nigerians who are observing the compulsory lockdown. Alternatively, the Lagos and ogun State governments should set up armed vigilantees to check these acts of violent criminality".
Speaking on the redeployment of the Rivers State's COMMISSIONER of Police Mustapha Dandaura by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, HURIWA condemned it as unprofessional, cowardly and a bad development for constitutional democracy.
HURIWA recalled that according to a statement by Force Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, the Inspector General of Police ordered the posting and redeployment of three senior Police Officers to different commands, formation and departments just as while the former CP of Rivers State, Dandaura Mustapha was made Provost of the Force Headquarters in Abuja, he was replaced by CP Joseph Gobum Mukan even as the third officer who was redeployed was CP Musa Adze, who is to become Commissioner of P olice Anti-Fraud unit.
HURIWA however dismissed the hurriedly packaged redeployment of two other senior figures of the Nigerian Police Force as a mere subterfuge to cover up the subterranean punishment of the erstwhilst Rivers State's COMMISSIONER of Police Mustapha Dandaura for professionally sticking to his constitutional oath of office to work for the public interest of Nigerians rather than pandering to the pressures or whims/caprices of some sponsors of Ethnic genocides and elements unhappy with the progress of highly excellent professional enforcement of law and order in Rivers state governed by an opposition governor of the peoples Democratic Party Mr. Nyesom Wike who is widely acclaimed by his people to be a promoter of good governance.