Rights Group Demands Justice For Slain Journalist, To File Petition Against Nigerian Police

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The coalition of civil society organisations and human rights activists will on Monday hold a press conference and submit a petition against the killing of Alex Ogbu, a journalist.

The journalist was killed by the police during a peaceful protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria last Tuesday 21st January, 2020 in Federal capital Territory, Abuja.

The petition will be officially presented to Minister of Justice, and Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Attorney-General of Federation and Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police,.

The group expressed worry at the rate at, which government was becoming intolerant by shrinking the media and civic space and criminalising opposing views.

A report by the coalition which was jointly signed by leaders of the group said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime cannot continue to detain dissidents and activists illegally for speaking against his government (freedom of speech).

The group noted that Publisher of CrossRiverWatch, Agba Jalingo, was still being detained in Calabar prison for allegedly criticising Governor Ben Ayade.

The report added that the group would also be demanding from the government to discharge and drop all charges against all political prisoners across the country including Jalingo, Omoyele Sowore and Olawale Bakare.

The coalition includes Committee for Defence of Human Rights, Coalition for Revolution, United Action for Democracy, Take It Back Movement, and Coalition for Real Change.

Others are Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association, Nigeria Humanitarian Action, Coalition for Revolution,  and Generation for Change Africa Initiatives.

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