Two Human Rights frontline organizations, ActionAid Nigeria, AAN, and Women’s Aid Collective, WACOL, have condemned Prof Zainab Abiola over alleged assault on a police woman, Teju Moses, for refusal to carry out house chores.
The two organisations held a joint media conference in Abuja over the alleged action by Prof. Abiola.
They called on the Nigeria Police Force to as a matter of urgency review and clearly define duties of police orderlies.
The Country Director, AAN, Ene Obi, commended the efforts of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba for acting quickly in the arrest of Abiola, alleged to have ordered the assault on her police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses, through her domestic staff.
“You may recall that in 2020, ActionAid Nigeria, in solidarity with the Nigerian Youths, called for an end to police brutality across Nigeria” Obi said:
“However, with the same energy, we have been following with keen interest the continued rise in citizens’ brutality against security officers across Nigeria.
“Although, it is saddening that the perpetrator is a Lawyer and a human Rights Activist who should be advocating against all forms of abuses”
Obi explained that this would serve as a deterrent to all those abusing the rights of both male and female officers attached to them, as the eyes of the law are very active and justice would be served.
She maintained that one of AAN’s objectives is protecting women and girls from violence and creating opportunities for economic independence and decision making.
She called on the Inspector General of Police to review as a matter of urgency, the welfare of the officers assigned on special duties and other police officers to avert future occurrences.
Also, the Founding Director, Women’s Aid Collective, WACOL, Prof Joy Ezeilo, asserted that Nigerians recruited by military and para-military organisations attached to elites in the country including foreigners do not only abuse them physically and psychologically, but use them in ways inconsistent with their line of official duty.
“The reported ugly and nefarious act of brutality is despicable and condemnable without equivocation, and to have been perpetrated by a supposed civil society actor makes it far more reprehensible and exposes both the legal profession, the academia and the human rights family to embarrassment, considering the peculiar background of the suspect, Prof Zainab as a supposed trained and commissioned defender of human rights in the society” Ezeilo said:
She also maintained that WACOL in partnership with ActionAid remains committed to ensuring that human rights are safeguarded in Nigeria.
Prof. Zainab, was allegedly reported to have assaulted her police orderly on Tuesday, 20th September 2022, at her residence in Garki, Abuja, following refusal by the orderly to carry out domestic chores at her residence.
“The trending and viral audio clip available all over the social media showed the orderly, Inspector Teju Moses, bleeding profusely on her face, which the media reported to crystalize ‘overwhelming evidence of culpability on the part of Zainab’.
“We must bear in mind that an inhuman act to one remains an inhuman treatment to humanity and to all”, she stated.
Writing By Georgina Humphrey,
Edited by Grace Namiji