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NHRC summons AEPB boss over invasion of night clubs

NHRC summons AEPB boss over invalid of night clubs

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has summoned the Chairman of Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB over the invasion of nightclubs and relaxation centres in Abuja.

The NHRC, according to a statement signed by a senior officers of the commission, Lambert Oparah, ordered the chairman to appear before it on Monday.

The summon is sequel to a petition received by the commission.

The statement said: “The summons followed a protest visit to the Commission on Friday by a of Civil Society Organisations wortking in the field of human rights in Nigeria which brought a petition of gender-based rights violations against the authorities of the FCTA and the Nigerian Police.

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“The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu, issued the summons upon receiving a statement of demand by the CSOs led by the Executive Director Partner West Africa, Kemi Okenyodo.”

The statement indicated that the NHRC boss vowed that said no human rights violations would be swept under the carpet.

Ojukwu was said to have vowed that the commission would ensure that justice was done on the case of the alleged raids and gender-based violence against women in Abuja “by agents of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Nigerian Police.”

According to the statement, Ojukwu said if there was any situation warranting the relevant authorities to carry out raids, such must be carried out within the confines of the law, devoid of gender-based violence, including rape as alleged by victims of the said raids.

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