NBA, Effurun Department condemns Gross Violation of Basic Rights of Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia, Calls for Apology, Compensation and Self-discipline Towards Troopers
The eye of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Effurun Department has been drawn to the gross violation of the elemental rights of Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia of Mount Horeb Clinic & Dialysis Centre, Effurun, Delta State by personnel of the Nigerian Military on Saturday, 24 October, 2020 at Airport Junction, Effurun, Delta State. Reviews reaching us from the management of the Nigerian Medical Affiliation (NMA) Warri revealed that Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia was coming back from work when he was accosted by overzealous Nigerian Military personnel who claimed to be imposing the curfew imposed by the Delta State Authorities. We’re knowledgeable that regardless of introducing himself as a Medical Physician and displaying his id (ID) card to the Troopers, they completely humiliated and tortured Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia by forcing him to swim within the gutter for about half-hour at gunpoint and flogging him while he was complying with the inhuman, dehumanizing, degrading and tortuous punishment.
The Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) Effurun Department condemns within the strongest phrases, the torture and dehumanizing therapy meted out on Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia, a Advisor Nephrologist and Proprietor of Mount Horeb Clinic & Dialysis Centre, Effurun by the Military. At a time when the nation is attempting to get well from the unhappy incidence involving the Military and the #EndSARS Protesters at Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos, we discover the gross violation of the elemental rights of Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia insensitive and callous. The conduct of the Troopers grossly violates the provisions of the Nigerian Structure, the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, the Anti-Torture Act and different relevant devices. We consider that the Troopers knew or ought moderately to have recognized that Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia, as a Medical Physician, is an important providers personnel, exempted from the curfew restrictions.
Consequently, we hereby demand rapid apology and cost of ample compensation to Dr. Raphael Onyemekehia by the Nigerian Military. We additional demand that the perpetrators of the dastardly act by instantly fished out and applicable disciplinary measures enforced in opposition to them. Ought to the Nigerian Military fail, refuse and/or neglect to adjust to these calls for, the Human Rights Committee of the NBA Effurun Department shall start authorized proceedings in opposition to the Military to remediate the stated injustices.
Jonathan Ekperusi, Esq.
Chairman, Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Effurun Department.
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