…. Condemns Curfew By Some Governors
….. Insists On Constitution Provision
The former President of the Senate, Ike Ekwerenmadu, has said that those responsible for Tuesday’s alleged killing of unarmed protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos, risks trial at the International Criminal Court.
Ekwerenmadu said this in a statement made available to newsmen and signed by his media adviser, Uche Anichukwu.
The lawmaker also described the incident as a new low in the country’s democracy and should be condemned by men and women of conscience across all political divides.
According to him, the “government in dealing with the present situation, has taken even more dangerous steps by deploying soldiers as well as by imposing restrictions on the rights of Nigerians without following the provisions of Sections 45 and 305 of the 1999 Constitution.
And doing so exposes both those who are deploying the soldiers and those engaging in human rights abuses under such extra-constitutional restrictions to trial by the International Criminal Court in future.”
The opposition lawmaker also explained that government must respect the right of Nigerians to peaceful assembly.
This is as he maintained that unilateral imposition of curfews as already done in some states of the federation over the #EndSars protests was unconstitutional.
The statement also reiterated the “need to arrest and prosecute criminals who had taken advantage of the protests to cause loss of lives and properties.”
It further called for justice for everyone who had fallen victim of government’s actions or inactions in the face of the nationwide protests.
“Therefore, my heart goes out to the wounded and the families of the dead. Everyone involved in this irrational and horrendous act must be held accountable in order to preserve the sanctity of human lives, our democracy, and what is left of our dignity in the comity of civilised nations,” he added.
The Enugu lawmaker insisted that “times like this call for dialogue and restraint on the part of government and utmost patriotism and professionalism on the part of those charged with securing lives and property.
Anything to the contrary may be tantamount to pouring petrol on a raging inferno.”
On the provisions of the 1999 Constitution on issues of curfew, Ekwerenmadu criticized states where such was in effect, stressing that it “very clear on how to deal with matters like this if government perceives genuine threats to the lives and properties of Nigerians.
But to wake up and impose curfews is a residue of military rule that has no constitutional backing.”
He tasked the government to fish out and punish “hoodlums, who capitalised on the protest to commit violent crimes that resulted in the loss of lives and burning down of public and private properties and businesses.”