NHRC probes Al-Makura’s con­voy over al­leged as­sault on lady

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The Na­tional Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion on Mon­day, com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tion into an al­leged vi­o­la­tion of the right of a lady by the con­voy of Gover­nor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa state.

Prof. Bem Angwe, Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the NHRC, led a team from the Com­mis­sion to the Gov­ern­ment House, Lafia to meet with Gov. Al-Makura and mem­bers of his con­voy, to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged as­sault on a lady along Lafia to Ak­wanga high­way, a forth­right ago.

Angwe said they were at the Gov­ern­ment House fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion by one Miss Lois Iorvihi, over al­leged vi­o­la­tion of her rights by the con­voy of the gover­nor.

He noted that although the al­le­ga­tion had gen­er­ated a lot of pub­lic­ity, es­pe­cially in the so­cial media, the com­mis­sion would not be in­flu­enced by the sen­ti­ments and emo­tions ex­pressed in the var­i­ous publi­ca­tions.

He said the com­mis­sion would be fair and just to all the par­ties in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

“We owe it a duty to be fair and just, by en­sur­ing the pro­tec­tion of the rights of all Nige­ri­ans, in­clud­ing that of the vul­ner­a­ble and those in po­si­tion of au­thor­ity.

“The com­mis­sion will not al­low per­sons who oc­cupy public of­fices, en­dowed with state pow­ers, to mis­use such at the detri­ment of the vul­ner­a­ble public.

“Sim­i­larly, the com­mis­sion will not per­mit al­le­ga­tions aimed at ex­pos­ing public of­fice holder to ridicule and ha­tred, “Angwe said.

Gov. Al-Makura told the team that his de­ci­sion to sub­mit him­self for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and waiv­ing his im­mu­nity as a gover­nor, was borne out of re­spect for hu­man rights.

“Sub­ject­ing my­self to be in­ves­ti­gated by the Com­mis­sion over the al­le­ga­tion is also to set a prece­dence and make a state­ment that in spite of one’s im­mu­nity as a Po­lit­i­cal of­fice holder, there are cer­tain things that one should hold in re­spect for hu­man­ity,” Al-Makura said.

The Gover­nor main­tained that his im­mu­nity meant noth­ing to him as far as the is­sues of hu­man right were con­cerned.

He added that he was ready to co­op­er­ate with the com­mis­sion to un­earth the truth about the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing his con­voy. (NAN)

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