…Calls For An End To Human Rights Abuses By Security Operatives Enforcing Restriction Order
Civil Society Organizations in Rivers State,Nigeria on Thursday April 2,2020 launched Covid -19 situation room an intervention to monitor and report responses to the covid-19 pandemic as well as helping in reducing and mitigating some adverse conditions or situations which citizens may find themselves in the face of the pandemic.
The spokesperson of the situation room, Comrade Chinedu Karl Uchegbu in his address said the group preoccupation includes monitoring of Government frame work, pronouncements and actions, monitoring of Government policies and pronouncements, monitoring of impacts of Governments actions on health and human rights of the masses, monitoring of Government response, expenditure of covid 19 funds and other appropriations for the purpose.
Comrade Uchegbu explained that the situation will in fulfilling its roles intend to interface with relevant Government agencies and Non Government Organizations respectively such as Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC),State Task Force on Covid 19,State Ministry of Health, National Orientation Agency, National Emergency Management Agency(NEMA),Nigerian Red Cross, National Human Rights Commission ,Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigerian Police Force, Corporate Organizations and charitable individuals among others.
The situation room disclosed that its attention has been drawn to the sudden imposition of restriction of movements which reportedly pushed some citizens to indulge in avoidable risks in order to exercise their rights to freedom of movement, physical and emotional torture inflicted on citizens by security agencies among others.
Comrade Ugchegbu decried non provision of palliatives by the state Government to cushion the adverse impacts of the restriction orders on people being forced to stay at home, especially the poor masses.
In his contribution, Comrade Styvn Obodoekwe Co-Chairman of the group revealed that even the state Government are not observing the Social distance order as over 50 persons are seen in the convey of the Governor at a time.
He noted that the same thing applies to the Local Government task force who move in large numbers on the guise of enforcing social distance order.
On his part, Sebastian Kpalap Co- chairman enjoined members of the Covid-19 situation to brace up for the task ahead for betterment of the society.
Earlier Comrade Green Isaac Joint Secretary of the situation room, in his welcome address briefed members on the purpose of setting up the group.
Prince Ekpere Joint Secretary of the group, Prince Wiro, Chairman of Civil Rights Council, Rivers State,media personnel were all in attendance.