Saturday, 25 March 2017

PRESS RELEASE: MILITARY BRUTALITY OF STUDENTS IN ABRAKA, TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR.- Dio Oghale Emeka Rex(SAP,SANS,MOFR) Reporting from Campus Reporter Media

PRESS RELEASE: MILITARY BRUTALITY OF STUDENTS IN ABRAKA, TOTALLY UNCALLED FOR.

The Presidential Forum, Faculty of the Social Sciences, Delta State University, wishes to officially condemn in strongest possible terms, the brutalization of students of the Delta State University by men of the Nigerian Army attached to the 222 Battalion, under the operation codenamed 'Operation Delta Safe'.

It is rather unfortunate that soldiers paid by the tax enumerations of we students would digress from their constitutional duty of protecting the territorial integrity of our dear country, to public intimidation of unarmed helpless law abiding students (In contravention of Section 34 subsection 1(a) of the Nigerian Constitution) whose freedom of movement are guaranteed and protected by Section 41 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution.

Worse still, it is most disheartening that soldiers who were deployed to checkmate the excesses of marauding Fulani herdsmen have turned around to attack innocent DELSUITTES who are in no way a threat to public peace. On Wednesday, 22nd March, 2017, two female students were unnecessarily harassed for putting on shorts by men of the Nigerian Army. It still bothers student leaders, Human Rights Activists, security conscious Deltans and lawyers alike that men of the  Nigerian Army attached to the 222 Battalion serving in Abraka are no longer bothered about the security of Nigerians, but about what they wear. We want to know when it became illegal for ladies to wear shorts to reduce the impact of the heat from the scorching sun.

The following day, another Delsuitte, Mr Emmanuel was publicly brutalized for not stepping on the breaks of his car when they wanted him to. Later in the evening of the same day, another student, was flogged mercilessly for returning home a few minutes past 10pm after charging his phone in a friend's house.

Without any successful arrest of those actually perpetuating evil in the students town, the men of the Nigerian Army have recorded huge successes in the violation of the fundamental human rights of the Greatest Nigerian Students which should not be so.

As student leaders, we openly condemn this act, it is not only uncalled for but a total violation of the internationally approved rules of engagements.

We call on the Delta state Government, the Chief of Defence staff, the Chief of Army staff, the Senate Committee on Defence and the Delta state House of Assembly to Duly investigate this acts of inhumanity and ensure that the perpetrators hiding under the uniform are brought to book.

Signed;
Comr Tomi Akporoghene W.
President, Presidential Forum, Faculty of the Social Sciences
Delta State University, Abraka.

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