The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has pleaded with the United Kingdom (UK), the United States (U.S.) and other world leaders to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to obey court orders by releasing on bail the duo of erstwhile National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd) and the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.
It stated that it was the considerable view of the human rights platform that the continuous detention and duplication of charges against the duo by the Federal Government was an act of treason against the constitution.
HURIWA also said the Federal Government should not allow the duo to die in detention following reports of their deteriorating health conditions.
It condemned the order issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed, restricting public protests to only within the confines of the Unity Fountain in Abuja, saying it was against the clear provisions of Chapter Four of the Constitution and the provisions guaranteeing the fundamental freedoms of movement and peaceful assembly.
HURIWA added that the appellate court had clearly ruled that the police don’t have any legal right to stop protests.
HURIWA in a statement signed on Friday in Abuja by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, wondered how the IGP whose office is a creation of the constitution could overrule the constitution and courts of competent jurisdiction.
“We are shocked that whilst constitutional democracy gradually dies away in Nigeria due to deliberate whittling down of respect for human rights by the current administration, world leaders in U.S. and UK simply don’t care but pretend to be unaware of the global consequences of a deluge of refugees from Nigeria should democracy collapsed under the heavy weight of tyranny and totalitarianism of the current administration,” it said.