Report By: Campaign For Democracy South East Region Publicity Arm
The Campaign for Democracy (CD), South-East Region has lamented the below average performance of the South-East in terms of human rights, economic growth, security and employment.
This was contained in a statement issued by CD to newsmen in Onitsha, Anambra as part of the group’s assessment for the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The statement was signed by Dede Uzor A. Uzor and Dr Jerry Chukwuokolo, who are Chairman and secretary of CD South-East Region on Wednesday.
``CD frowns at the economic down-turn and close down of hundreds of factories and workplaces in the zone as well as high rate of unemployment within the South-East, which is alarming.
``The contributing factors to these economic down-turn stems from epileptic power supply, insecurity of investors and expatriates as well as high rate of erosion.
``It had led to unprecedented security threat, which has resulted to new dimensions of crime especially kidnapping and sales of babies,’’ it said.
The statement also decried multiple forms of human rights violation against members of the public in the hands of law enforcement officers and government functionaries.
``The institutions include: SSS, police X-squad, IGP monitoring unit, anti-terrorist squad, vigilante groups and other security operatives in the zone.
``They have remained a serious thorn in the flesh of the South-East citizens.’’ It said.
The statement also stressed its concern over the dumping of people in Anambra SSS detention without trial; adding ``From inside sources, over 15 suspected kidnappers are languishing in the SSS detention cell without been charged to court’’.
``While over 40 is been detained in Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Anambra; while the same number of people could be found in Imo, Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi respectively,’’ it said.
The statement called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to overhaul police formations and special units in Anambra in order to align with the present democracy.
``Where people’s fundamental rights are violated through intimidation, extortion, torture and arbitrary arrest and detention with impunity,’’ it said.
The statement also urged the police service commission to make a minimum qualification of first degree for new entrants to the police force.