Falana Petitions NHRC Over Client’s Brutalisation During Osun Poll
National coordinator of Human and Environmental Development Agenda, a non-governmental organisation, Mr Lanre Suraj, has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over alleged abuse of his rghts by snipers during the recently concluded Osun State governorship election.
Lawyer to the petitioner, human rights activist and lawyer, Femi Falana, who signed the letter which is dated August 9, 2014 on his behalf, also added that other than his client, there were other victims of the brutality of the snipers.
Giving the commission 14 days to respond to the petition, he said, “Our client was duly accredited by the Independent National Electrical
Commission to monitor the Osun State gubernatorial election which held on Saturday, August 9, 2014. In the course of monitoring the said election at Osogbo, Osun State, our client was brutally assaulted by a gang of snipers without any justification.
As the snipers were allowed to wear masks our client was unable to identify any of them. Our client also witnessed the harassment and intimidation of other innocent people by the snipers”.
The senior advocate added that curiously, attempts by his client to make an official report to the police was met with resistance by the officers.
“Our client’s request to the police to record the criminal activities of the official terrorists was turned down!”, he said, adding, “the federal government has vehemently denied knowledge of the existence of snipers in the country”.
He continued that having confirmed that the masked persons are not members of any of the security agencies in the country, his client requests the National Human Rights Commission to investigate their involvement in the Osun State governorship election and his brutalisation by the extra-legal security outfit”.