Skip to main content

Lawyers shield looters from justice–NHRC


The National Human Rights Commission has described as worrisome the practice of some senior lawyers in the country who are using the platform of the fight for human rights to shield treasury looters from justice.

The NHRC, which described such lawyers as pretenders in the human rights community, vowed on Thursday that it would resist and expose them.

It called on civil society organisations in the country to team up with it to do so.

A statement on Thursday by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project quoted the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Ben Angwe, as saying this in Lagos during the inauguration of a report put together by SERAP.

The report, entitled, “Health in Decline: Human Rights Impacts of Corruption in Nigeria’s Health Sector,” was put together by SERAP in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.

Angwe, who was represented by Mr. Wahab Oyedokun, identified corruption as a direct violation of the fundamental rights of the masses.

He said those who looted the nation’s treasury had lost the moral grounds to complain that their own fundamental rights were being violated.

Angwe said the practice of lawyers shielding looters from prosecution was an abuse of the principle of the fight for the protection of human rights.

He said, “There is a problem in the human rights community. That problem is that we have pretenders in the human rights and legal communities using the platform of human rights to advance corruption and to shield corrupt elements in our society.

“It is our responsibility to expose these pretenders and to make sure that our citizens recognise that fight against corruption and impunity of perpetrators is really the cause to promote human rights.  This is the right course to take as a human rights advocate.

“You can’t steal so much and subject people to suffering and claim to have human rights. This is not the way to go. Human rights are for the advancement of the greatest majority of the greatest number.

“So, when we see our senior citizens at the Bar, or public service trying to undermine the work of SERAP, the National Human Rights Commission and other human rights bodies we have to make sure that we shout them down.”


Popular posts from this blog

Sexual Assault: Catwoman defends herself against Batman

I decided to do this quick recount before it becomes over taking by event…ehm, before I forget to do so. No time to read over for errors. I'm serving it fresh and hot. On this fateful day, I had decided to join the coaster bus ride home, for two reasons, it’s got better seats and arrangement than the popular yellow buses (LT and Paragon), it would also arrive faster at my destination, albeit its more expensive than the yellow buses. I sat down, I can’t say in peace though, you can hardly be on the street of Lagos and expect that tranquility of Beverly Hills, as commuters strolled into the bus indecisively. It took a while before the bus got filled and ready to go. A young lady, had been in the bus for as long as I had been, some few seats behind me, surrounded by male commuters, she was the only female within 3 rows. The journey started slowly, because at this time of the day in Lagos everything goes slowly. The journey started uneventful, besides the occasional ranting of passeng…

Positive Mates Foundation: 2018 Annual Charity day visit to Modupe Cole

Tupac Shakur’s stepfather up for parole after spending 30 years in prison

Mutulu Shakur (born Jeral Wayne Williams, August 8, 1950) is an American black nationalist and acupuncturist. He was a proponent of the Republic of New Afrika and a close friend of Geronimo Pratt.

Shakur is best known for his conviction on racketeering charges following the 1979 prison escape of Joanne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) and the infamous $1.6 million robbery of a Brinks armored truck in New York in which a guard and two police officers were killed. It was later found that an illegal project by the FBI, COINTELPRO, aimed at surveilling, infiltrating, discrediting, and neutralizing what they considered domestic political organizations, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., had targeted Mutulu as well as many of his comrades.  Mutulu Shakur is the stepfather of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur. He was captured, convicted and sentenced to 60 years in prison for leading a revolutionary group responsible for a trail of bloodshed, including the slayings of an armed guard and two New York polic…