From Gabriel Oghenero – Asaba
Sequel to an alleged plan by one Mr Kehinde Taga to stage an ignoble fresh #EndSARS protest in Delta State, a group has condemned the plan and urged members of the public to ignore Mr Taga’s plan.
The SUPREME learnt that Taga was a member of Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), but was allegedly expelled for misconduct. The group, People United for Societal Harmony (PUSH), a Non-Governmental Organization NGO in Delta State has condemned in strong terms the planned protest.
Taga was said to have alleged that, Policemen in Delta State were involved in extortion and rights abuses.
Secretary-General of the griuo, , Dr. Austin Akaraiwe in a press release made available to newsmen in Asaba last weekend, said , intelligence report reaching them has it that the arrow head of the self-acclaimed human rights group recruiting some unsuspecting persons in Asaba, Warri, and Sape for the planned protest was an expelled member of a famous human right.
Dr. Akaraiwe noted that if for nothing, the present Police leadership in the state has shown exceptional zero tolerance for corruption and human rights abuse. He stressed that “any protest against the Police in the state at this time would not only be counter-productive but spew unwarranted tension that may cog the socio-economic master plan of the state Governor, Senator (Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyi Okowa.”
According to him, the present onslaught by the Police against all manners of crimes and criminality including cultism and kidnappings in the state had never been witnessed before,” adding that, any such planned protest aside discouraging the current Police leadership from maintaining the momentum against enemies of the state, would encourage criminal elements to perpetuate in their uneconomic activities.
He said, “We are not unaware of a surreptitious plan by a group of persons masquerading as human rights organization in Delta state recruiting unsuspecting but gullible persons to embark on protest allegedly against Police extortion, human rights abuse and all what not.”
The group described Kehinde Taga as one seeking relevance through non existing issues.
Dr. Austin recalled that last week, the state Commissioner of Police (CP) Ari Mohammed Ali dismissed two Police officers serving in ‘A’ Division Warri for assaulting and inflicting bodily injuries on a hapless tricycle operator in Warri.
“That is an indication that CP Mohammed does not tolerate corruption, rights abuses and extortion,” he stressed.