A coalition of civil society organisations is mounting pressures on the Police Service Commission, PSC, and Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to investigate the role played by officers deployed to Kano State during the supplementary governorship election in the state over alleged compromise.
Addressing newsmen during a one-day conference on the ‘Overview of Election Violence and Human Rights Abuse in the 2019 General Elections in Kano State’ on Sunday, the groups alleged that the re-run election was marred by violence and irregularities.
The groups also accused the police special enforcement security team deployed to the state of inaction during the poll.
Specifically, the National Coordinator, Women Empowerment Global Initiative, Maryam Bashir, called on the PSC and IGP as well as the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, to establish commissions of enquiry to investigate alleged abuses and violations, especially on women during the March 23 re-run poll.
According to her, having fully participated in the 2019 governorship and supplementary elections, what was witnessed during the polls constituted a violation of human rights.
“The area of our utmost concern lies on the persecution and humiliation of women, and subjecting them to mental torturing, by threatening and blackmailing them alongside other eligible voters, who were not only denied of their rights of participation in the process, but we’re also subjected to political trauma.
“It is therefore on this note that I humbly urge all participating organisations at this programme to join us in condemning these heinous acts perpetrated against womenfolk in Kano State during the supplementary elections, and to also make our positions known to the world,” she said.
On his part, Ibrahim Waiya, President, Kano Civil Society Forum, KCSF, stressed that CSOs would no longer condone any acts perpetrated by politicians to undermine democracy in the country.
He also condemned the issue of “inconclusive” in Nigerian elections, saying that politicians use that as an advantage to perpetrate election fraud.
He explained that the meeting was organised in order to review and discuss on alleged irregularities during the just concluded governorship elections and chart the way forward in order to strengthen Nigeria’s democracy.