By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Eighty Percent of alleged violators of the Lockdown order imposed in Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos to tame the spread of Covid-19 are not tried but asked to pay outrageous fines. Amnesty International (AI) told the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Hausa) on Friday.
The Humanright watchdog said it has been recieving reports from different states of alleged extortion by the mobile courts especially from Kaduna, Kano and Lagos where innocent Nigerians are been asked to pay huge amount of money for no justifiable reasons. “….we know that security operatives have the right to arrest those breaking the law and also having the responsibility of the protecting lives and property but this is not the case following reports we have recieved from different states of extortion by mobile courts where Security operatives prosecutes alleged lockdown offenders….” Isah Sanusi, the Media Communication Head of Amnesty International said.
Asked how authentic are the allegations, Sanusi said AI is fully aware that one cannot be prosecutes for breaking the law he/she doesn’t know about. “…people are asked to pay money without trial… a lot of people have been apprehended while taking their loved once to the hospital… A man told us how he was arrested for going to buy fuel to power his general for his sick child…. another medical doctor was arrested and asked to pay money simply because he is not working with a government hospital… this is sad….. Sanusi said.
It could be recalled that Amnesty International also alleged that security operatives killed about twenty nine persons in two months since the outbreak of the Coronavirus.