By Blessing Agboola
The Nigerian Bar Association Ado-Ekiti Branch has raised alarm over the allege violation of rights of citizens by soldiers.
This is contained in a statement signed by chairman of the association Adeyemi Adewumi.
The statement reads “The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association Ado-Ekiti Branch has been drawn to a detachment of Nigerian Army and other security operatives gaining unlawful access into homes in some part of Ado-Ekiti, beating up citizens and thereby violating their fundamental rights as guaranteed by law in the wake of the 24 hours curfew imposed by the Ekiti State Government yesterday 20th October, 2020.
“While the Leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association encourages citizens to respect the 24 hours curfew imposed by the Ekiti State Government in order to forestall a state of anarchy and lawlessness, the NBA Ado-Ekiti Branch condemns in strong terms the invasion of citizens residences, beating of citizens by a detachment of the Nigerian Army and other security agents in order to enforce the 24 hours curfew.
“The NBA Ado-Ekiti Branch remains committed and resolute in ensuring that the principles of rule of law and respect for the enforcement of fundamental rights, human and people’s right especially in Ekiti State is protected and respected.
“As a major stakeholder on people’s rights and civil engagement, the NBA Ado-Ekiti calls on Ekiti State Governor, His Excellency Dr. John Kayode Fayemi to order the immediate withdrawal of the operatives of the Nigerian Army from invading citizens residences, harassing and brutalizing innocent citizens of Ekiti State while at the same time decisively deal with armed thugs and touts that have been parading across towns and streets of Ekiti State unleashing mayhem both on innocent citizens and the #EndSARS Protesters.
“The NBA Ado-Ekiti Branch equally call on Mr Governor to give the state of state address, pertaining to ensuing developments of insecurity, protests, harassment, loss of lives and properties in the last few days.
“This we believe, will address emerging issues and assures Ekiti citizens of the Governor’s commitment to his primary responsibility which is the welfare and security of the People of Ekiti State.