Okorocha dragged before Nat. Human Right Commission over Owerri Market Demolition


...Owerri Bar Assoc. calls for impeachment

The governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has been dragged before the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC by an Abuja based Lawyer,Charles Mbalisi,  over the demolition of Eke Ukwu, a market in Owerri, Imo.


A copy of the petition made available to journalists by Mr. Mbalisi in Abuja on Tuesday showed that the petition contained the alleged killing of a 10- year-old boy,Somtochukwu Ibeanusi in the process of demolition.


The governor of Imo, Rochas Okorocha, and nine others were named in the petition.


The boy, Somtochukwu Ibeanusi, was reported to have been killed by a stray bullet while several others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries during the demolition on Aug. 26.


In the petition dated August 29, Mr. Mbalisi asked the commission to investigate the involvement of the Imo Government, the Nigeria Police Force, Commissioner of Police in Imo and the Nigerian Army in the demolition and the death of the boy.


He also urged the NHRC to investigate the Brigade Commandant, Nigerian Army Brigade, Owerri, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Imo Security Network and Imo Community Watch.


Mr. Mbalisi said the NHRC was empowered by Section 6 (1), (2) a, b, and c of its Act to conduct investigations and inquiries into a complaint of human rights abuse of this nature.


“Section 33 (1) of the Nigerian Constitution, says the boy has the constitutional right to life and that right has been deprived.


“That is why we have brought this to the human rights commission.


“The commission has every constitutional right to investigate and make inquiries in respect of the cause of the death of the boy.


“Anyone found culpable or liable will then be charged to court by the commission to ensure that justice is done.”


Mbalisi said that the use of live bullets against harmless citizens in the course of demolition which led to the shooting and extra-judicial killing of Ibeanusi was unwarranted, brutal, unprofessional and insensitive.


Meanwhile, the Chairman of Nigeria Bar Association,Owerri branch, Mr Lawrence Nwaketi has called on the Imo State Assembly to initiate impeachment proceedings against Governor Okorocha over flagrant abuse and disobedience of court processes.



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