The Press release thus reads;
A CALL ON THE INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE (IGP) TO ORDER FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ALL IJAWS UNLAWFULLY ARRESTED AND DETAINED BY SARS IN EDO STATE FORCE HEADQUARTERS TO AVOID BREAK DOWN OF LAW AND ORDER IN THE STATE
MEMBERS OF THE CIVIL SOCEITY GROUPS,
RESPECTED NIGER DELTA ACTIVISTS,
GENTLEMEN OF THE PRESS,
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
We are right here to transient the press over the continues indescriminate and illegal arrests ,detention ,intimidation and harrassement of members of Gelegelegbene neighborhood and different Ijaws in Edo state by the legislation enforcement brokers, exactly the police underneath Special anti_robbery squad and Department of state safety service, DSS Edo state by the directive of the Oba of Benin and gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo state.
We received a misery name in our workplace on Thursday June 27th at about 11am from members of Gelegelegbene ,Ekenwan and Ikoro communities in Olodiama Kingdom that their sons had been unlawfully arrested by SARS in Edo state drive headquarters which was orchestrated by Benin Monarch utilizing some unscrupulous Ijaw sons as pointers. The names of those that had been arrested and detained on that Thursday got as Comrade Daniel Ezekiel, Sam Ebiwana and Abiodun Peter Eda.
While we had been looking for out what transpired, we had been informed once more that one other Ijaw son whose title was given as Olu Priye Oyeh was kidnapped in gastapo method on 29th Friday. Another harmless boy that was despatched to gave meals to them was additionally arrested and detained on the method. We have despatched a number of legal professionals to search out out what occurs however they had been denied entry to detainees by the SARS operatives as directed by the Oba of Benin.
Sadly, yesterday been 1st of July ,2019 one other son of Ijaw, Mr Olu Derimo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen suspected to be SARS within the state.
This knowledgeable the rationale for this press convention. The lives of our people in Edo state are been endangered. These indiscriminate and illegal arrests are uncall for. This is the more severe kind of injustice and slavery. This is been orchestrated by Benin Monarch and police in Edo state utilizing some Ijaw idiots as pointers. The individuals arrest all collectively are actually six in quantity.
The Edo state meeting report on 30th Jan, 2013 doesn’t say that Gelegelegbene neighborhood belongs to Benin. The report equally dismised the claims of one self_imposed Okao-Gelegele that Benin owns Gelegelegbene neighborhood and different Ijaw communities’ lands. The report affirmed that Ijaws are the predominant of Gelegelegbene neighborhood. This was a report after the purported 1983 Supreme court judgement that solely referred to a parcel of land in an unknown location of one imaginary Gelegele.
We are conscious that our people are been arrested, detained, humiliated, intimidated and harrassed unlawfully as a result of of their sturdy opposition to Oba of Benin on an try to seize their land to construct an property. Gelegelegbene neighborhood and different Ijaw communities in Edo state belong to Ijaw People ,and it’s the proper of the Ijaws of that territory to protect over their lands. Our people by no means dedicated any crime for opposing Benin land grabbers.
The present Oba of Benin can’t declare feign ingnorant over the existence of Ijaw kingdoms in Edo state, the Ijaws in Ovia native authorities had their Kings – the Pere of Olodiama and the Agadagba of Egbema. Pere of Olodiama is within the mid-Western State of Nigeria Gazette, No. 56, Vol. 10 dated 10th October 1973, State Traditional N.S.L.N. Volume 62 of 1973, the Constitution (Suspension and Modification) Decree, 1966, Iyekuselu District Council (Appointment of Chieftaincy Committee) Order, 1973 gave a authorized backing to the Pere of Olodiama along with his seat at Ikoro, in Olodiama Clan. The Agadagba of Egbema, the Bendel State Traditional Rulers and Chief Edict 1979, extraordinary Gazette No. 51 Vol. 16 of September 28, 1979 gave a authorized enamel to the Agadagba of Egbema with 4 ruling communities.
The police authorities and most of the people ought to take word of the above information. The police authorities within the state mustn’t throw warning to the wind as the problem if not nicely dealt with ,it could possibly explode and snowball.
The police authorities in Edo state ought to have a rethink of their actions which is succesful of breaking down of legislation and order in Edo state and Niger Delta at massive. The police in Edo state for his or her greatest curiosity ought to cease collobration with the Benin Monarch to proceed incarceration of our people specifically, Comrade Daniel Ezekiel, Sam Ebiwana , Abiodun Peter Eda, Olu Priye Oyeh and Olu Deremo who’re the bread winners of their respective households.
This act of indescipline amongst police in Edo state should cease. The elementary rights of our people are been trampled upon. According to the availability of 1999 structure of the federal republic of Nigeria as (amended). Chapter 4 of the 1999 structure spelt out the fundemental rights of each citizen of this nation. Our peoples proper of private liberty which is clearly said in part 35 has been breached by their steady detention. In subsection 5( a) emphasizes that no suspect shall be detained past in the future particularly when it falls inside a radius of forty kilometres the place there’s a court of competent jurisdiction. But they’ve been unlawfully detained for over 6days regardless of there’s a court of competent jurisdiction in Benin metropolis.
It might curiosity you to know that regardless of the extent of accusation or suspicion towards above individuals they nonetheless have rights of truthful hearing as stipulated by part 36. They needs to be delivered to court if anyone has something towards them and allow them to train their rights of truthful hearing. They equally have freedom of expression and press as contained in part 39. If anybody within the trigger of exercising of his or her rights of expression and press commit libel, defamation, slander and verbal assault ,it doesn’t quantities to any legal breach of conduct. But you’ll be able to demand for verbal redress or sue for authorized redress which as it’s a civil matter. It is improper for police turning civil issues to legal points. This may very well be attributed to the poor instructional background and coaching of police within the nation, and a drastic step needs to be proffer to it ,as it’s so embarrassing.
Those we referred above have been in incarceration past the required time ,their freedom of motion has been infringed as spelt out in part 41by their steady detention. We are now not comfy with this brazen act of compromise on the half of Nigeria police drive.
The police has turned a lawless and very disorganized drive. They acted uncoordinated. Nigerians dwell in worry of the police than widespread criminals. Nigerians police has turns into a risk to the survival of the abnormal Nigerian.
Imagine, Daniel Ezekiel wrote petition to the police at zone 5 and DSS ,the DSS refused to take care of the petition as a result of the accused individual is their pal. The identical police was utilized by the accused individual early final month to arrest Daniel Ezekiel whereas half of the matter is within the court and whereas investigation is ongoing towards the accused individual at zone5 then again. This is shameful and disappointing.
This occurred as a result of the centre police heads are weak, very political and can’t inculcate correct self-discipline on the police. The Benin Monarch shouldn’t be above the legislation. The police in Edo state mustn’t enable their workplaces for use by the Benin Monarch towards legislation abiding residents. This act of the police lawlessness has made us misplaced confidence on them, as they at all times select to interrupt legislation and order.
On this backdrop ,we name on the inspector General of police ,IGP, AIG zone5, to prevailed on the Commissioner of police in Edo state to swing into motion in a view of releasing all Ijaws unlawfully arrested talked about above within the state with out additional delay for the curiosity of peace ,legislation and order within the state.
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