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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has faulted the continued siege on the Abuja residence of Senator Dino Melaye (Kogi West) by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

A press release issued on Friday by NHRC’s spokesman, Lambart Oparah, quoted the charge’s Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu as arguing that the tactic adopted by the police violated the rights of various occupants of the house.

The NHRC urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to direct the speedy withdrawal of his males from the Senator’s residence.

The NHRC said it may proceed to condemn acts of impunity by laws enforcement brokers until they research to carry out their laws enforcement duties inside minimal accepted worldwide necessities of laws enforcement.

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The charge added that it may not tolerate any sort of impunity, notably from the security firms as we technique the elections.

Part of the assertion reads: “The NHRC condemns in strong phrases the tactic adopted by the Nigerian Police in laying siege within the residence of Senator Dino Melaye and calls on the Inspector General of Police to direct the speedy withdrawal of his males from the Senator’s residence.

“Executive Secretary NHRC Tony Ojukwu faults the methodology adopted by the Police in effecting the arrest of Senator Dino Melaye.

“The correct to freedom of movement of occupants of the house have been violated consequentially.

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“Is Senator Melaye the one occupant of the house? How in regards to the the rest of the family and completely different people in that residence and neighborhood?

“It is simply not a matter of whether or not or not the doorways are locked from inside or exterior nonetheless the rest of the people in the meanwhile are terrified and undecided of their security due to the siege.

“Under normal circumstances the Police ought to invite anybody for questioning and not to lay siege in the house thereby threatening infringement of the right of others.”

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