…As Sokoto distributes 300 cardigans, blankets to contain Harmattan in Almajiri schools***
A Warri-based human rights activist, Mr Casely Omo-Irabor, has decried the alleged assault of a widow and her two daughters by policemen over quarrel with their tenant on house rent default.
Omo-Irabor, also a lawyer and Chairman, National Human Right Defenders Organisation, spoke on Monday in Warri.
He was reacting to the alleged assault of a widow and two of her children in Effurun by policemen in Ekpan Division, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta.
The victims: Mrs Lucy Okoro (widow), Mercy Okoro, daughter and her younger sister, were allegedly manhandled on Jan. 10 over house rent.
Omo-Irabor said: “We got a distressed call that a widow was being manhandled over a disagreement between her and a tenant.
“We sent two of our lawyers to find out, and we discovered that the policemen allegedly naked the first daughter of the widow.
“Our lawyers pleaded, but they could not listen to them.
“I called the DPO and he said because I am involved, he will release the widow, but detain the two girls.
“I inquired for their offences from the DPO, he told me the victims locked their gate against a tenant, Mr Andrew Obas, who they said was owing four months rent.”
The right activist, therefore, called for respect of right of an individual and the need to observe the rule of law.
“I am not interested in ruining anybody’s career, but we must send a good message.
“We are in a democratic government. People should learn to observe the rule of law.
“The rights of an individual must be held sacrosanct,” the activist said.
However, SP Asanayin Ibok, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Ekpan, told newsmen that the allegations were not true.
According to him, the widow and her daughters locked the gate against their tenant and such act could cause problems between a landlord and tenant.
“I was not around when the incident occurred, let alone stripping the girl naked,” Ibok said.
Also reacting, the Delta Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, said: “It was not even the DPO, because when it happened, Ibok was not there.”
In the meantime, the Sokoto State Government on Monday commenced the distribution of cardigans and other items to reduce the effects of harmattan in some Almajiri Schools across the state.
Chairman of the State Zakkat and Endowment Commission, Malam Muhammad Maidoki said: “The exercise is meant to support our brothers in protecting themselves during the harmattan season.
“This is the pilot phase in which no fewer than 300 Cardigans and blankets will be distributed to about fifteen selected schools within the state metropolis.
“We are also giving out sweaters to them to enable them concentrate on their studies,and protect them from unnecessary illnesses.”
Maidoki appealed to wealthy individuals and organisations to support the Commission in providing assistance to less privileged persons in the state.
The benefiting school’s proprietors thanked the commission and the Sultanate Council of Sokoto for the support.
The schools that benefited from the donation include Madarasat Malam Bello Gusau, Madarasat Malam Sama’ilaTudun Yola, Madarasat Malam Mahi masallacin Shehu and Madarasat Malam Bello Maizuma.
Others were Madarasat Malam Khalifa Wasale, Madarasat Malam Ahmad Konni, Madarasat Malam Abu old market and Madarasat Malam Usman Manuga.