Se­nate con­demns Po­lice bru­tal­ity on Abuja pro­test­ers

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The Se­nate yes­ter­day con­demned the use of force by the Po­lice in dis­pers­ing pro­test­ers cam­paign­ing against the med­i­cal va­ca­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in Abuja on Tues­day.

In a state­ment by the Chair­man, Com­mit­tee on Me­dia and Pub­lic Af­fairs, Se­na­tor Aliyu Ab­dul­lahi, the Se­nate stated that though it did not sup­port the protest, it would not sup­port vi­o­la­tion of fun­da­men­tal rights of Nige­ri­ans. A group, “OurMuMuDonDo’’, led by Mr Charles Oputa, pop­u­larly known as Charly Boy, on Mon­day be­gan an in­def­i­nite sit-out at the Unity Foun­tain, Abuja, de­mand­ing Buhari’s re­sump­tion of work or res­ig­na­tion.

But, on Tues­day, the po­lice force­fully dis­persed them af­ter us­ing wa­ter and tear­gas, which led to a “faint­ing feat’’ on Oputa.

“While we are op­posed to the sub­ject of the protest, the Se­nate ac­knowl­edges that the pro­test­ers have the con­sti­tu­tional right to gather and ex­press their views in a man­ner that will not breach pub­lic peace and or­der.

“Since the ‘Our-Mumu-DonDo’ pro­test­ers did not con­duct them­selves in such a man­ner as to dis­turb pub­lic peace, it is not right for the Po­lice to bru­tal­ize them as they re­port­edly did.

“The rights of the peo­ple should not be vi­o­lated by the po­lice em­ployed to pro­tect th­ese rights.

“Where the Po­lice sus­pect that hood­lums are try­ing to hi­jack a protest, it is their duty to ap­pre­hend the hood­lums and those, who break the law rather than gen­er­alise and thus bru­tal­ize in­no­cent pro­test­ers.

“We, how­ever, urge the or­gan­is­ers of the protest to join other Nige­ri­ans in pray­ing for the safe re­turn of Pres­i­dent Buhari.

“They should note that any mor­tal can find him­self in the sit­u­a­tion where one needs med­i­cal at­ten­tion and more time to fully re­cu­per­ate.

“More so, in the present case, the pres­i­dent com­plied with the pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion and all or­gans of govern­ment are not im­paired nor hin­dered by his med­i­cal va­ca­tion,” the Se­nate said. (NAN)

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