The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has on Wednesday condemned violent attacks on #RevolutionNow protesters in Abuja, Lagos, Osogbo and other parts of the country.
Protesters in the early hours of today had set out to demand good governance in different parts of the country.
The rights group in a statement signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare asked president Buhari’s administration to “end the use of excessive force against protesters, and allow people to peacefully exercise their human rights”.
SERAP added “by failing to adequately protect protesters from violent attacks, Nigerian authorities have blatantly violated their obligations under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.
In its statement, the group also called on international community including the UN Human Rights Council, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the African Union and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to publicly condemn the attacks on the protesters.
Earlier, the Department of State Services, police and the Nigerian Army reportedly disperse and arrested some #RevolutionNow protesters in different parts of the country where the demonstrations held.
FG Declares Oct 1 Public Holiday
It’s another Independence Day tomorrow when the country will celebrate sixty years of freedom from colonial rule. To mark the occasion, the federal government is giving everyone a day off from work.
Announcing the public holiday, minister of interior, Rauf Aregbesola said on Tuesday Nigeria is the world’s leading black nation. He said Nigeria’s warmth, welcoming spirit and abundant wealth in human capital and richness of the land, makes the country Africa’s pride and beacon of hope.
He assured the nation of the government’s commitment to socio-economic transformation.
Aregbesola says the country’s independence celebration this year will be low-key because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN Experts Call For Release Of Musician Sentenced To Death For Blasphemy
United Nations human rights experts have called for the immediate release of the young Nigerian musician who was sentenced to death by a Kano sharia court for “blasphemy.”
Twenty-two-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu got into trouble when he released on social media a song that was considered blasphemous.
The UN experts have called on Nigerian authorities to overturn the death sentence that was pronounced on Sharif-Aminu last month.
In a joint statement, the experts said they are deeply concerned over what they call “serious lack of due process in the case.”
They want the federal government to guarantee his safety and due process rights while he appeals his conviction.
36 States File Suit Against FG Over Courts’ Funding
All the states in the federation have hauled the federal government to court challenging the presidential executive order signed in May on the funding of the courts.
The states are asking the Supreme Court to declare president Muhammadu Buhari’s executive order as unconstitutional. The executive order is placing the burden of funding capital and recurrent expenditures of the State High Courts, Sharia Court of Appeal and the Customary Court of Appeal to state governments.
The states attorneys general call the president’s executive order a clear violation of the constitution that places the responsibility for funding the courts on the federal government.
The 36 states say they have been funding the capital projects in those court since 2009 and would like the Supreme Court to order the federal government to refund them.
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