Sequel to the signing of the Quarantine and Restriction of Movement Regulations, 2020 by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, which Regulations came into force on the 30th day of March, 2020 and which shall remain in force till the 30th day of April, 2020, a Special Enforcement Team headed by the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohime Edgal, has been set up by the State government.

Consequent upon some complaints by citizens of the State, and considering that the aim of government in making the Regulations is not punitive but precautionary and preventive, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch, has today, Tuesday, the 31st day of March, 2020, constituted a 7-man Special Committee to monitor, report, collate and document all cases of human rights abuses by the Special Enforcement Team and/or other security agencies in the course of implementing the Regulations.

This Committee is in line with the CLO’s core mandates, which include the preservation, protection, and defence of the human rights of Nigerian citizens.

Membership of the Special Committee is as follows:

  1. Comrade Nsemeke Udoakpan – Chairman
  2. Comrade (Barr.) Christopher Ekpo -Secretary
  3. Comrade (Barr.) Inibehe Effiong – Member
  4. Comrade (Barr.) Eyibio Okon – Member
  5. Rev. Fr. Cletus Etim – Member
  6. Pastor David Essien – Member
  7. Comrade Idorenyin Sampson – Member

While commending the State government for the measures so far put in place to check the spread of COVID-19 in the State, CLO urges government, the Special Enforcement Team, and all security agencies to ensure that the rights of citizens are not, in anyway, violated in the course of implementing the Regulations.

CLO objects very strongly to the inclusion of soldiers in the Special Enforcement Team and/or the implementation of the Regulations.

In view of the restriction of movement, CLO envisages severe economic hardship, especially on the vulnerable and the physically challenged, during the period contemplated by the Regulations.

CLO, therefore, urges the State government to urgently put in place sustainable palliative measures, such as food supplies, healthcare, water, and other social interventions, directly to the citizens and residents of the State, in order to cushion the harsh effects of the Regulations.

Citizens in the State with complaints of human rights abuse in the course of enforcement of this Regulations should contact the following phone numbers: 081-3585-6761; 0703-
7900-182.

Signed
Otuekong Franklyn Isong
(State Chairman)
31st March, 2020.

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