Owerri Demolition: Okorocha, Others Named In Investigation Petition
Shops housing businesses in Eke Ukwu market in Owerri were demolished, but that demolition did not go well, as it led to the death of some persons.
An Abuja based lawyer, Charles Mbalisi, wants those responsible for the act punished for human rights violation.
He has sent a petition to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the demolition of the market in Owerri and the killing of a 10-year-old boy.
The governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and 9 others were named in the petition.
The boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, was reported to have been killed by a stray bullet while several others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries during the demolition on August 26.
In the petition dated August 29, Mbalisi asked the commission to investigate the involvement of the Imo Government, the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police in Imo and the Nigerian Army in the entire process.
Mbalisi said the NHRC was empowered by Section 6 (1), (2) a, b, and c of its Act to conduct investigations and inquiries in a complaint of human rights abuse of this nature.
“Section 33 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, says the boy has the constitutional right to life and that right has been deprived.
“That is why we have brought this to the human rights commission.
“The commission has every constitutional right to investigate and make inquiries in respect of the cause of the death of the boy.
“Anyone found culpable or liable will then be charged to court by the commission to ensure that justice is done,” the lawyer said.
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There appear to be some other interest groups in collaboration with the lawyer, as shown in the use of ‘WE’ in the petition.
The lawyer further pointed out that the decision to shoot was not in harmony with the ethics of effective policing in a civil society like Nigeria and should be investigated.