The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced investigation into an alleged violation of the right of a lady by the convoy of Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State.
Prof. Bem Angwe, Executive Secretary of NHRC, led a team from the Commission to the Government House, Lafia to meet with Al-Makura and members of his convoy, to investigate the alleged assault on a lady along Lafia/Akwanga highway, a forthright ago.
Angwe said they were at the Government House following a petition by one Miss Lois Iorvihi, over alleged violation of her rights by the convoy of the governor.
He noted that although the allegation had generated a lot of publicity, especially in the social media, the commission would not be influenced by the sentiments and emotions expressed in the various publication.
He said the commission would be fair and just to all the parties involved in the incident.
“We owe it a duty to be fair and just, by ensuring the protection of the rights of all Nigerians, including that of the vulnerable and those in position of authority.
” The commission will not allow persons who occupy public offices, endowed with state powers, to misuse such at the detriment of the vulnerable public.
” Similarly, the commission will not permit allegations aimed at exposing public office holder to ridicule and hatred, ” Angwe said.
He assured that the commission would be firm and thoroughly investigate the allegation, to ensure that the truth was revealed to Nigerians at the end of the the day.
Al-Makura told the team that his decision to submit himself for the investigation and waiving his immunity as a governor, was borne out of respect for human rights.
” Subjecting myself to be investigated by the Commission over the allegation is also to set a precedence and make a statement that in spite of one’s immunity as a Political office holder, there are certain things that one should hold in respect for humanity,” Al-Makura said.
The governor maintained that his immunity meant nothing to him as far as the issues of human right was concerned.
He added that he was ready to cooperate with the commission to unearth the truth about the incident involving his convoy.