Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, and the organised labour have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to drop acts of dictatorship for the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.
A statement by NBA chairman, Dr Foluke Dada, in Ado Ekiti yesterday said the body viewed the arrest and detention of some Ekiti lawmakers and appointees of Governor Ayo Fayose by the Department of State Services, DSS, as a sharp departure from the tenets of democracy and a clear contravention of the law setting up the institution.
“Above all, the arrest is a clear contravention of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which the DSS is established to uphold at all times when discharging their duties.
“The NBA, mindful of the current fight against corruption, calls upon
the authorities involved to uphold the rule of law. Hence, the Bar unequivocally condemns the forced entry into the hallowed chambers of the House and the arbitrary arrest of the lawmakers.
“The branch, while condemning the commando style of the Department of State Services, asks for the immediate disclosure of the whereabouts of the lawmakers and asks that the offences upon which they were arrested be made public.”
The chairman, Trade Union Congress, TUC, in Ekiti, Comrade Odunayo Adesoye described as a dangerous trend that could expose workers of the state civil service to serious security risk.
He said workers in the state were now apprehensive of what could happen at their duty posts due to anxiety created by the alleged invasion of the House by security agents.
Describing the action as “brutish and barbaric,” Adesoye said the arrests of these top government officials without any formal invitation was a flagrant infringement on their fundamental
rights as enunciated in the United Nations human rights charter.
Adesoye wondered why innocent Nigerians were being clamped into
detention by the DSS while the criminals were having a field day
terrorising and killing citizens on daily basis.
“Nigeria is a civilised country and I think it has gone beyond the level of this barbarism displayed by the DSS. This is pure harassment of innocent Nigerians. As we speak now, workers are reporting to work with anxiety and apprehension that there could be invasion of their premises.
“The mere fact that the DSS had invaded the House poses serious threat to workers, because I learnt people had to run for their lives. What of if our members had died during the stampede”
“I think it is within the purview of the DSS to protect human rights.
I will advise that they toe the line of civility and stop being partisan. If they have anything to confirm from these government officials, I think they have to be properly invited.
“We are sounding a note of warning that we would challenge the DSS should anything happen to any worker during the course of arresting officials of the state government,” he said.

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  • vic

    buhari is doing the right thing, all corrupt thieves should fear him and there are very many corrupt thieves among the NBA and TUC. mobing and ganging against buhari won’t help, it will make it worse.