Civil society protests human rights abuses in Bayelsa

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From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa
CIVIL society groups in Bayelsa State have
concluded plans to protest brutality and ha­
rassment of residents of Yenagoa by
security agents.

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The groups during a press conference ad­
dressed at the weekend by Chief Nengi
James of the Civil Liberty Organization
(CLO), Robinson Kughobogha of the
Bayelsa Non-Governmental Organisation
(BANGOF) and Dise Ogbise-Erhisere of the
International Federation of Women Lawyers
(FIDA), lamented the assault on Mr. Tonye
Yemoleigha. a staff of Bayelsa State
Broadcasting Corporation and Ms.
Philomena Briggs by personnel of the
Nigerian Air Force and policemen
respectively.
According to them, because of
compromise by victims, previous cases of
assault, brutality and harassment by se­
curity agencies had been swept under the
carpet. This, they said, would no longer
happen as victims are ready to lodge
complaints with the civil society and testify
in court to seek redress.
While expressing readiness to cooperate
with security agencies to curb the
excesses of some of their personnel, the
conveners called on Bayelsans and
residents of Yenagoa not to be afraid to
report cases of brutality and assault by
security agencies.

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