Civil Society Organisation, Concerned Nigerians, has written the Embassy of the United States of America in Nigeria, the British High Commission in Nigeria, and the European Union (EU), asking them to impose visa restriction on Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Nwachukwu Enwonwu and members of his family.
This group’s appeal followed the death of a protester, Jimoh Isiaq, allegedly in the hands of the police in Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Isiaq was among protesters demanding the disbandment of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Many other protesters were allegedly assaulted by the police in Ogbomoso.
In a letter dated October 12, 2020, and signed by Concerned Nigerians convener, Deji Adeyanju, the group accused the police chief of overseeing extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in Oyo.
It noted that despite the disbandment of SARS by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, rights violations have persisted in Oyo.
The group added that if its request is granted, it would serve as a deterrent to others who continue to violate citizens’ rights.
“We write to urgently appeal to the United States of America and other development partners of Nigeria to place a visa restriction on the Commissioner for Police of Oyo State, Nwachuwu Enwonwu and members of his family over his handling of the ongoing #EndSARS protest which has led to extrajudicial killings and several human right violations in the state,” Concerned Nigerians wrote.
“Despite the pronouncement of the ban yesterday on the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), rights violations have continued in the country especially in Oyo state and another citizen was killed there. Freedom of assemble which is one of the pillars of democracy is now almost a crime in Nigeria.
“If this request is granted, it will serve as a deterrent to others who continue to toe the line of violating citizen’s rights. Most obliged.”