The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked Ibrahim Idris, the Inspector General of Police, to immediately pull out his men from the residence of Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi West senatorial district.
Tony Ojukwu, NHRC Executive Secretary, said this in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja.
According to the NHRC, the continuous siege of the senator’s home by members of the Nigeria Police Force violated the embattled Melaye and that of his family’s fundamental human rights of freedom of movement.
The commission queried if the police had considered the impact of their occupation of Melaye’s house on other residents of the area, noting that they might be terrified at the constant sight of police officers.
The statement read: “…by this act, the right to freedom of movement of the occupants of the house has been violated consequentially.
“Is Melaye the only occupant of the house? How about the rest of the family and other people in that house and the neighbourhood?
“It is not a matter of whether the doors are locked from inside or outside but that the rest of the people are now terrified and unsure of their security due to the siege.”
The NHRC said the police ought to follow due process by inviting the individual whose attention they require instead of occupying the home(s) of such person.
The statement added that the commission would not tolerate any form of impunity, particularly from security agencies as the upcoming general elections draw nearer.
The police have laid siege on Senator Melaye’s home in Maitama, Abuja, since last Friday, stating that the lawmaker refused to honour an invitation to answer questions for allegedly shooting one Sergeant Danjuma Saliu, attached to 37 Police Mobile Force, at Mopa Road in Kogi State.
Senator Melaye had on the same day during a television interview said he was out of Abuja, stating that he would present himself to the police on Monday this week when he returns.
However, it is not known whether the embattled senator had returned to Abuja or remains in his home.
The police said they would not leave the embattled federal lawmaker’s home until he surrenders, claiming that their target is holed up inside.