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A civil society organisation, Human
Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre, has expressed concern over what it
described as “flagrant” disregard for court orders by the executive arm of
government, saying, if unchecked, it could bring the judiciary to disrepute.

The rights group added that it was
high time President Muhammadu Buhari stopped acting like a dictator as the
country was no longer in the military era.

Speaking at a news conference in
Lagos on Friday, HRDAC President, Rose Ameh, said it was regrettable that
“impunity by men in uniform and those in government had now become a norm”
which, according to her, had made Nigerians to start losing faith in the

Citing examples, she said, “The
ruling of the court (including that of the ECOWAS Court) for the release on
bail of a former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck
Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.); and the order for the release of the
leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, were totally rebuffed
by the executive.

“The continued detention of the
leader of the Shiite Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, is
another case of shameful disregard for human rights and due process. These are
indeed appalling and condemnable.”

The Chairman, Board of Trustees of
the group, Mr. Innocent Agbo, said the group had written to the presidency and
embarked on protests, including one at the National Assembly, but that nothing
had been done.

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