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Civil Liberties Organisation Raise Alarm Over The Continued & Illegal Detention, Torture Of Port Harcourt Lawyer Jeff Ikechi By FCID, Police Abuja

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The attention of the South South Zone of the Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, has been drawn to an arbitrary arrest, HUMILIATION, police brutality, torture, illegal detention without trial of Citizen Ikechi Jeff by police men from the FCID, Abuja allegedly procured by one Mr. Dandyson Onuah of Ubima, Ikwerri LGA of Rivers state.

the CLO in a statement issued on 17th March 2020 said IKECHI Jeff, a legal practitioner who also hails from Ubima, was arrested in Gestapo style in PortHarourt on Monday, February 17, 2020 by Policemen from FCID, Abuja. He was whisked away to Abuja from Port Harcourt same day and has since then remained in communicado in police detention. We fear that he may be subjected to cruel and subhuman treatments as he is denied access to his family members, lawyers and others.  We are also worried for his safety as the said Mr Dandyson was said to have boasted that Ikechi Jeff will either back out from his position as the community liaison officer, CLO/family representative of All Grace Energy Ltd/Western Ord Oil and Gas Ltd, an oil servicing joint venture operating in their community or be killed.

He is said to be subjected to torture, cruel and inhuman treatment by the police in a desperate bid to force him to relinquish the position of CLO/family representative of the aforementioned All Grace EnergyLtd/Western Ord Oil and Gas Ltd, a position assigned to him by his community.

The officers who partook in the illegal arrest include Mr Joseph with phone number, 07031288107 and Mr Emmanuel with phone number, 07068777115

The statement also claimed that; According to information at the disposal of this organization, the said Dandyson Onuah was said to have resorted to the use of policemen to hunt, terrorize and torment Jeff for daring to accept to serve as the CLO/community representative of the company, a position given to him by his community when Dandyson was removed by the family as a result of alleged corruption and embezzlement. Ikechi Jeff was first arrested on September 11 and detained at Ubima Police Division on a trumped up charge of cultism. He was moved to the notorious SARS at Rukpokwu on September 12 and to SCID ON September 13, 2019. He was later released on the orders of the Deputy Commissioner of Police when it was found out that he was wrongly accused. It was also gathered that after his release, Policemen from Abuja stormed PortHarourt and whisked him away to Abuja on trumped up charge of forging the signatures of his family members who sent a letter to the company removing Dandyson as the CLO.

 

The continued detention without trial of Jeff is unlawful, unconstitutional, illegal, an affront to rule of law, a violation of his fundamental rights to fair hearing, dignity of human person, personal liberty, safety, movement and freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment as enshrined in chapter 4 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and other human rights instruments to which Nigeria is a

signatory. It is shameful and worrisome that the Police has allowed itself to be dragged into the issue that is ordinarily a family issue that can at worst be settled in a court of competent jurisdiction.

The statement call on the Inspector General of Police, IG, to prevail on the DIG and AIG at the FCID, Abuja to release Citizen Jeff unconditionally without further delay.

We also call on human rights groups and international community to prevail on the IG of the Nigeria police force to do the needful and ensure Jeff is released immediately.

However, if the Police have any reason not to release him, they should charge him to a competent court in Port Harcourt where fair hearing would be guaranteed.

Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, is foremost human rights NGO aimed at protecting and promoting the rights of citizens.

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