Lawyers Without Borders, Condemn Police Brutality of Female Lawyer in Enugu

…..Tasks IGP on Investigation

By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna

Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF), otherwise known as Lawyers Without Borders France (ASF France) and its partners on Monday condemn the action of some police officers from the Nigeria Police Area Command, Enugu, who brutalized a female lawyer, Ibangah Goodness Esq, and two other staff, Miss. Nneka Okwor and Ezeani, in her office, therefore called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the matter.

Police had on January 30, 2020, attacked the office of Women Aid Collective, (WACOL) in Enugu and inflicted physical assault of their staff which led to the lawyer going into coma, before been rushed to the intensive care unit of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu.

ASF France, according to a statement signed by Mrs. Angela Uwandu, Head of Office, ASF France in Nigeria, was informed that this unwarranted attack followed WACOL’s efforts to assist a rape victim to lodge a criminal complaint at the Police Area Command Enugu for investigation.

“The brutalization of a lawyer for performing her professional duties is unacceptable and must not be tolerated.

“The erring officers who intimidated and brutalized WACOL staff should be fished out and brought to book to serve as deterrent,” Mrs. Uwandu, said.

The statement added, “to this end, ASF France calls on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the unfortunate incident and illegal behavior of his officers to serve justice as well as reinstate the public’s confidence in the Nigerian Police. The rape incident reported at the Police Command Enugu should also be duly investigated with the aim of prosecuting the perpetrator and obtaining justice for the victim.

“ASF France also calls on the Attorney General of the Federation to issue the necessary rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the anti-torture Act 2017 to ensure prosecution of the Police officers of the Area Command Enugu who were involved in the dastardly deed under the Act.”

Avocats Sans Frontières France is currently implementing the SAFE project in Nigeria in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization (CAPIO) to address core Human Rights violations of extra judicial killings, torture, ill treatment and arbitrary detention by security agencies in Nigeria.

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