CSOs in Delta demand respect for human rights as ‘stay at home order’ lasts
By Jon Egie
The community of civil societies in Delta State has demanded for the respect of Human Rights of all Deltans by Government Officials, Security Agencies and such persons acting on their behalf and alongside with them while enforcing the stay at home order imposed on citizens of the state by Gov Okowa as a measure of containing COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement issued by Activist Rex Anighoro and endorsed by over 33 civil societies in the state also rejected extra judicial killings, extortion, intimidation, molestation, gender abuse on citizens as well as alleged corrupt practices of Security Agents at the State borders who are accused of collecting bribes to flout the border closure orders of the State Government.
“A committee of the Delta State Civil Society Community has been mandated to investigate alleged human rights abuses and extra – judicial killings of Deltans in the State.
“ The Delta State Civil Society Community will not tolerate human right abuses and extra – judicial killings of Deltans.
“We will with immediate effect set up in each Senatorial District ‘ACTION’ teams to monitor the COVID – 19 stay at home enforcements alongside security agencies and government officials to ensure compliance with citizens human rights.
“The ‘ACTION’ teams will also monitor the prices of commodities and alleged exploitations of traders in the make shift markets by Government Officials who are said to be demanding so much money from the traders before they can trade.
The CSOs requested the Delta State Government to provide welfare palliatives to Deltans and create food banks across the State to support the less privileged and vulnerable in our State to cushion the effect of the lockdown.
They also Called on Government, Security Agencies and Community vigilantes to intensify efforts in combating crime as people stay at home. Many cases of home robberies and sexual assault are been daily reported on social media.