A socio-political analyst, Comrade Austin Usman Okai, has taken a swipe on the Kogi State Authorities and requested Governor Yahaya Bello to launch the peaceable anti-President Muhammadu Buhari protesters arrested within the state.
He said that the hoodlums sponsored by the state authorities had been fallacious in filming the maltreatment of the protesters, saying there have been courtroom orders condemning torture internationally.
Okai famous that using torture for any function shouldn’t be solely crude and primitive however additionally it is a world crime.
He mentioned, “Resorting to it as step one at investigating any case is a transparent case of lack of intelligence. In trendy felony investigations, if against the law is deemed to have been dedicated, is to try doubtless proof and intelligently to analyse them earlier than any arrest is made.
“The Kogi State confidently posted a video of a ugly software of torture on ‘arrested’ peaceable protesters. This video is on the web and is proudly defended by the Kogi state authorities.
“Since when has protesting turn into against the law in Nigeria? I nonetheless keep in mind the judgment secured by Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, that permitted President Buhari (then a contestant for the workplace of the president) to not solely protest with out being molested by state brokers, but additionally with out essentially searching for police permission.
“Arresting protesters from protesting i spite of a subsisting courtroom order is demonstrating contempt for a judicial pronouncement. It additionally means crass ignorance. It might be that the state authorities doesn’t even know that such a factor exists or they suppose that it’s only relevant in Abuja.
“That’s not all. The punishment for a protest turned wild, which was not even the case within the scenario underneath evaluate, shouldn’t be torture. The police are there to arrest anybody who breaches the peace. The suspected offender could possibly be charged to courtroom and the suitable punishment can be legally meted to him.
“However what can we get in Kogi State? The state authorities, with its fascist tendencies, acts as if it’s the three arms of presidency rolled in a single. It’s democratically bizarre to arrest and torture residents for expressing their basic rights, side-stepping the police and the courts.”
Okai lamented the scenario and known as on the brand new Inspector-Basic of Police to take away Mr Edeh, the state CP, “for releasing protesters to the thugs as such behaviour was immediately encouraging thuggery.”
He additional berated the state authorities for selling the reign of thuggery within the state.
He urged the Nigerian authorities to warning Bello about his use of lawless means to realize his intentions.