Civil society organisations have condemned alleged intimidations of Nigerians by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, through security personnel and anti-craft agencies.
The groups, under the aegis of Conference of Coalition of Civil Society Organisations, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, Community based Organisations and Pro-Democracy Organisations, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday.
Speaking during the briefing, national coordinator of the groups, Abubabakar Abubakar Esq lamented that the attacks were mainly directed on anyone or group perceived to be in opposition to the government.
According to him, “We must express our worries about the way security agencies with anti-corruption agencies are being unleashed as attack dogs to hunt down anyone or group perceived to be in opposition to the government.
“It possibly would have been considerable to maintain some of air of indifference if those on the receiving end were active politicians only, but an ugly dimension has now been introduced into the on-going purge and campaign of intimidation that has now been extended to include those who decline to openly come out in support of the party that runs the government of the day.”
They also expressed shock that traditional rulers are now being harassed on account that they did not align with the ruling party.
The groups cited example with the recent raid on the Maitama residence of Bayelsa monarch, King A.J. Turner, by operatives of the Directorate of State Security, DSS.
They, however, declared their full support for the fight against corruption in the country but pointed out that the fundamental right of those who were allegedly to have stolen public fund should be respected until the court proved them guilty.
“We want to unequivocally clarify that we are fully in support of anti-corrupt measures that are genuinely aimed at recovery of stolen funds, trial of indicated persons who must be treated as innocent until they are either acquitted or convicted.
“Indicted persons must also be treated with their fundamental human right constantly considered. We also condemn in very strong terms those who abused their offices by stealing from the public coffers,” he said.


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  • vic

    CIVIL SOCIETY OR A CORRUPT LOBBY GROUP AND A FRONT FOR THE LOOTERS???? WHATEVER, YOU CALL YOURSELVES, DO NOT CRY WOLF, THOSE CAUGHT IN THE CORRUPTION SAGA ARE REAL BIG THIEVES NO MATTER WHERE THEY COME FROM. A THIEF IS A THIEF IS A THIEF AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. IT SO HAPPENS NOW THAT ALL THIS TIME IT IS THE RULING PDP THIEVES AND LOOTERS WHO HAVE BEEN LOOTING THE NATIONAL TREASURY FOR THE PAST 16 YEARS AND ALL OF THEM MUST BE CAUGHT, MADE TO RETURN ALL THE LOOTED MONEYS AND PUNISHED ACCORDING TO THE LAWS OF THE LAND AND NOT RELEASE THEM FREE IN THE STREET JUST TO FIND THEM FLEEING TO THE UK, USA, DUBAI ETC NEXT DAY.

    BUHARI IS DOING THE RIGHT THING AND HE SHOULD BE FULLY SUPPORTED AND INDEED IS BEING FULLY SUPPORTED BY GRASS ROOT MASSES OF NIGERIA. THESE LOOTERS HAVE LOOTED NIGERIA TOO LONG IN THE NAME OF DEMOCRACY AND FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT WHICH THESE LOOTERS DO NOT DESERVE. GRASS ROOT NIGERIANS AND POOR NIGERIAN MASSES HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR THESE LOOTERS AND FULLY SUPPORT BUHARI IN HIS
    EFFORTS TO PURGE THEM.

    MORE METAL TO YOUR BOOTS BUHARI TO HIT THESE LOOTERS WHERE IT HURTS THE MOST. LET THEM AND THEIR CORRUPT SYCOPHANTS CONTINUE TO CRY WOLF. DO NOT LOOK BACK, YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING IN CORRUPT NIGERIA WHICH HAS EATEN ITSELF RAW.YOU HAVE FULL SUPPORT OF WELL MEANING NIGERIANS. CARRY ON HITTING THEM.