A human rights group, Legal Care Advocacy Foundation has urged the Police and other relevant security agencies to charge matters with penalty of death sentence to High Court rather than Magistrate Courts where jurisdiction on such matter will be declined and inmates have to wait for years in prison custody without trial.
The Chairperson of the group, Jane O. A. James Esq made the call during a walk in Port Harcourt to mark the International Human Rights Day with the theme: “Reducing Inequalities and Advancing Human Rights”.
James said the group embarked on the walk to say no to delayed legal advice, no to information filing, no to delayed justice, no to missing files.
She further stated that the essence of the walk is also to call on various stakeholders, the government and individuals to advance the course of human rights in the society.
Earlier the group visited Saint Mary State Primary School at Aggrey road to enlighten the pupils on their rights.
In her response, the Head Teacher of the school commended the group for coming to enlighten the pupil on issues of fundamental human rights.
In the meantime, a human rights advocacy group, the Centre For Basic Rights Protection And Accountability Campaign has called on the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, CP Friday Eboka to prevail on the Police Division in Nchia, Eleme to rearrest one Azunna, a man of over forty years who was arrested in August, 2021 for allegedly defiling a twelve year old girl and released under unclear circumstance without justice been served in the matter.
The National Coordinator of the group, Prince Wiro in an interview with Journalists in Port Harcourt on Tuesday expressed displeasure that the suspect allegedly involved in such magnitude of crime is walking freely in the streets of Eleme while the victim and her family is in serious emotional pains and trauma.
Wiro urged CP Friday Eboka to prevail on the Police Division in Eleme to rearrest the suspect, Azunna and instruct the case be transferred to advanced unit such as State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID ) or Human Rights desk at the Police headquarters at Moscow road for proper investigation with a view to serving justice in the matter.
In the meantime, the family of the twelve year old girl has written to the Commissioner of Police CP Friday Eboka through their lawyer, E. B. Igwe Esq.
In a letter dated December 3, 2021 and received by the office of the Commissioner of Police in Rivers State, which was cited by our reporter, the family urged the Commissioner of Police to use his good office to bring justice to the victim, accused and society at large.