News Break: SERAP Drags Nigeria To The UN Over Odili
A new dimension has been introduced to ongoing efforts by the Nigerian people to unravel the actual reason behind the attempt to assault Justice Mary Odili.
Wike while addressing the press in Abuja after the assault on the Odili residence
This time, a human rights group, SERAP, has asked the United Nations to intervene in order to ensure that the truth is unveiled.
According to information that has just been released, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project is urging the United Nations to force the Nigerian Government to adequately investigate circumstances which led to the night raid on the residence of the Justice of the Supreme Court by a renegade group.
SERAP in its petition is urging Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, to pile maximum pressure on “ the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to conduct a credible, thorough, impartial, independent, transparent, and effective investigation into the vicious assault on Supreme Court Justice Mary Odili by rogue officials.”
The rights pressure group is also asking the UN to urge “the Nigerian government to ensure that any investigation into the assault is based on human rights principles, and protected from undue influence.
“The outcome of the investigation must be made public, and the suspected perpetrators and their sponsors brought to justice.”
The organization said in the petition dated 13 November 2021, signed by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, “The intimidation and harassment of Justice Odili is a flagrant assault on judicial independence, and apparently aimed at further weakening judicial independence and the rule of law in Nigeria.”
President Muhammadu Buhari… under pressure to set up independent inquiry
SERAP argued, “The unconscionable attacks against Nigerian judges would seem to be a deliberate attempt by the authorities to exert pressure on the judiciary and undermine its independence and authority. These attacks are putting Nigerians’ freedoms at risk.”
“The current investigation by the Nigerian police fails to meet international standards”, insisted “it is neither independent nor effective.
“As such, the investigation is incapable of identifying all the suspected perpetrators and their sponsors, and credibly delivering justice in the matter.”
Recall that the group’s leader whom the Nigerian police describes as a fake CSP has claimed, despite strong denials coming from Abubakar Malami, that the Attorney General of the Federation, shares ties with him.
The Port Harcourt Telegraph would stay on the trail of this developing story. More details loading…
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