SOS - Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, CEHRDWritten by CEHRD
Urgent alert April 11, 2014
Your quick intervention may save the life of a young man from being wasted by security operatives under the Rivers State Command of the Nigerian Police Force.
And that young man is Victor Nornubari, 28, who hails from Teeyor Kaani, also known as Kaani2, an Ogoni Community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Victor Nornubari, a father of one, was arrested on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by Policemen on his way to Teyor Kaani from Bori. It was gathered that he was arrested for riding a motorcycle, popularly known as okada which has no number plate or registration number.
Victor was initially detained at the Bori Police station.
When on Thursday, April 3 community leaders from Teyor Kaani, including a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP Lucky Nuataa and Elder Saturday Ndiinee went to the Bori police station to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the arrest and also to request his release, they were accused of trying to see a criminal. Consequent upon the “charge”, they were stripped naked and beaten up mercilessly by policemen at the station. Weapons such as benches, batons, belts and boots were used to brutalise them. One of them was forced to urinate on his cloth as a result of the beatings. The elderly community leaders were also detained briefly before they were allowed to go home.
The inhuman treatments meted out on these men just for daring to pay a visit to a detainee were said to have been ordered by the DPO of the Bori Divisional Police Command, Mr Princewill Ijeoma, SP who told the community leaders that the community was owing him about N300,000 although he did not tell them the business he transacted with the community. He told them to give him the N300,000.
Victor was later moved from Bori Police station to an undisclosed detention centre where he has been held incommunicado till the time of issuing this urgent alert.
Information from a Police source has disclosed that plans may have been concluded to eliminate Victor, who is said to be an ex-militant under the Presidential Amnesty.
We are concerned about his safety as he may have been subjected under severe torture.
We feel that the continued detention of Victor without trial is a violation of his fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as well as other human rights instruments to which Nigeria is a signatory.
We also feel that urgent steps should be taken to halt any extrajudicial execution of Victor which would amount to a flagrant violation of his right to life. If the Police have anything against him, rule of law demands that he should be charged to a court of competent jurisdiction where fair hearing would be guaranteed.
What can be done:
We urge you to join in mounting pressures on the Nigerian Police to ensure that Victor’s life is saved.
Demand that he should be released or that he should be charged to court without further delay.
Contact the Police Officers below and tell them to release Victor or to charge him to court
*Rivers state Police Commissioner Mr. Ogunshakin on 08070703030
*Inspector General of Police: Mr. Abubakar on 08077446699
*Bori DPO, SP Princewill Ijeomah on 08039601685
Alert issued by
Director of Programmes
Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, CEHRD,