CHAIRMAN OF HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE, NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, BAUCHI CHAPTER CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF A YOUNG MAN (ABIDINA AMINU)
BAUCHI – 28/09/2023
The Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Bauchi Chapter, Barr. Sadiya Bahjatu Saleh, extends her deepest condolences and conveys the association’s profound concern over the recent and tragic incident involving the killing of Aminu Abidina, a young man whose life was cut short due to alleged torture by the Officer-in-Charge of Dutsen Tanshi Police Division in Bauchi.
At the heart of the Nigerian Bar Association’s mission is the unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of justice, fairness, and human rights. We are both saddened and outraged by the alleged excessive use of force by the Police, which resulted in the untimely death of an innocent young man.Barr. Sadiya Bahjatu Saleh
This incident is not just a violation of the fundamental rights of the victim but also serves as a stark reminder of the pressing need to reevaluate the professionalism and adherence to rules of engagement within our law enforcement agencies.
While the role of the police in preserving law and order is undoubtedly vital to our society, it must be carried out within the confines of the law and with the utmost respect for human rights. The recent incident, regrettably, erodes public trust in law enforcement agencies and undermines the very foundation of justice that our society relies upon.
We, therefore, call upon the State Government and other relevant authorities to launch a thorough and impartial investigation into this deeply distressing incident. It is our fervent hope that those responsible, including the Officer-in-Charge of Dutsen Tanshi Police Division and any accomplices, are held accountable for their actions.
The Nigerian Bar Association, through the dedicated efforts of the Human Rights Committee, vehemently demands that justice be served not only for the victim but also for his grieving family.
Furthermore, we urge the Nigerian Police Force and all other security agencies across the nation to prioritize the comprehensive training of their officers in areas encompassing human rights, conflict resolution, and the judicious application of force. Our security officers must be adequately equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to handle situations calmly, professionally, and in accordance with legal standards and human rights principles.
The NBA Bauchi Chapter extends its unwavering support to the bereaved family of the victim during this incredibly difficult period. Rest assured, we will maintain a vigilant watch over the progress of the investigation to ensure that justice is diligently pursued and that incidents like this are averted in the future.
As an association steadfastly committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, we pledge to continue collaborating with other stakeholders in our relentless advocacy for a professional, rights-based approach to policing in Nigeria.
Together, we can work towards creating a society where the rights of every Nigerian are safeguarded, and tragedies like the one that befell Aminu Abidina become relics of the past.
The Human Rights Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association STRONGLY CONDEMNS the alleged torture that led to the death of Abidina Aminu while in police custody.
Sadiya Bahjatu Saleh, Esq
Vice Chairman, NBA Bauchi.
Chairman, Human Rights Committee.