The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), slammed the police hard on Sunday night over the manner they arrested a former Imo State governorship candidate Uche Nwosu inside the church.
The human rights advocacy group accused the police of acting like terrorists and desecrating the Church while carrying out the arrest.
Heavily-armed policemen arrested Nwosu at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Eziama in Obaire, Nkwerre Local Government Area of Imo State on Sunday.
HURIWA said the police operated like terrorists and kidnappers.
The group added that the fact that the police shot sporadically inside the vicinity of the Church is an unpardonable desecration of the sanctity of the Church.
The human rights advocacy group, therefore, demanded that the Police Service Commission (PSC), investigate the unprofessional police conduct.
HURIWA made the call in a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Director of Media, Miss Zainab Yusuf.
HURIWA stressed that the reckless and lawlessness displayed by the Police in the the Church will make it impossible for citizens to separate terrorists from law enforcers.
The group said that under a democratic dispensation, the operatives of the law enforcement agencies are bound by rules of civility and a law-based approach to law enforcement.
The Rights group said the method adopted by the police violated the Nigerian Police Act of 2020 in which several provisions mandate the police to treat citizens with dignity and to respect their constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights as enshrined in chapter 4 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.
HURIWA said by this show of brute force, the police in Imo State have given life to the widespread allegations in many quarters that operatives of the security services in Imo State and other parts of South East of Nigeria may be responsible for assassinations and kidnappings that have happened in recent time.
“This was why everyone in Nigeria believed that the shooters were kidnappers long before the police issued a tepid press Statement claiming to have arrested Uche Nwosu,” the rights group added.
HURIWA said the Imo State Police Command should blame themselves for creating the situation whereby members of the public panicked and scampered for safety thinking that the armed hooded men were kidnappers who also shot sporadically just in the same way and methodology used by terrorists and kidnappers.