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Masked Snipers During Osun Election: Falana Demands Investigation

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August 14, 2014 – Masked Snipers During Osun State Governorship Election: Falana Demands Investigation

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has given the National Human Rights Commission a 14-day ultimatum to investigate an alleged violation of the rights of an accredited observer, Mr. Lanre Suraj, by masked snipers during the governorship election in Osun State.

Falana, in a petition dated August 12, 2014, threatened to sue the NHRC if it failed to investigate the the violation of Suraj’s rights during the August 9 election.

The SAN said his client was “brutally assaulted by a gang of snipers without any justification” while monitoring the election in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

The petition, which was addressed to the Executive Secretary of the commission was entitled, ‘Request for investigation of the abuse of our client’s fundamental rights by snipers during the Osun State governorship election held on August 9, 2014’.

Falana said Suraj, who is also the national coordinator of a non-governmental organisation, the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, was accredited as an election observer by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He added however that Suraj could not identify any of the “snipers” who assaulted him because they were masked.

According to Falana, his client also witnessed how the snipers violated other innocent persons’ rights on the day of the election.

He said that his request for the recording of the “criminal activities of the official terrorists” was rejected by the police.

The petition read, “We are counsel for Mr. Lanre Suraj, the national co-ordinator of the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, a non-governmental organisation on whose behalf and instructions we write this letter.

“Our client was duly accredited by INEC to monitor the Osun State gubernatorial election which held on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

“In the course of monitoring the said election at Osogbo, Osun state, our client was brutally assaulted by a gang of snipers without any justification.

“As the snipers were allowed to wear masks our client was unable to identify any of them. Our client also witnessed the harassment and intimidation of other innocent people by the snipers. “However, our client’s request to the police to record the criminal activities of the official terrorists was turned down.

“Having confirmed that the masked persons are not members of any of the security agencies in the country, we hereby request the NHRC to investigate their involvement in the Osun State governorship election and the brutalisation of our client by the extra-legal security outfit.

“More so, that the Federal Government had vehemently denied knowledge of the existence of snipers in the country.”

[Punch Metro]



  1. D Hunter

    August 14, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    If dis has started nw, wat will den happen in 2015 general election?????? Baba God, na ur hands we dey oo.

  2. shortman

    August 14, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    That’s Nigeria for you. Why masked?

  3. Uchenna O

    August 14, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    i think they send wrong security agents to a wrong mission, if we have such well trained snipers they should have used them to fight boko haram than sending them for ordinary gubernatorial election, please let us not forget our innocent girls that are still in the forest with the enemies of Nigeria, let the govt send this snipers to go and do the needful as we continue to pray that the war will soon be over. #bringbackourgirls campaign continues.


      August 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Hoko Haram are President Goodluck siblings how will he send snipers for them, remember he has paid for chibok girls before last Sallah festive during which they started operation in kano so what do you think?

  4. OmoKehinde

    August 14, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Wonders shall never end in Nigerian deadly politics. This is why Nigerian masses are still suffering despite billions of dollars from crude oil revenue daily. A masked sniper during Osun state governorship election, what should will expect if it were Lagos State governorship election? May be hired assassin? God Almighty knows what become of our beloved nation come 2015 in the general election. May be this is one of their wicked tactic to eliminate General Mohammad Buari in the last month murder attempt on his life before the 2015 election. These criminal politicians in power will do anything possible to remain in power and continue to destroy Nigerian economy. How can this president and some other criminal politicians in both parties think that they can ever be reelected in any future election in our nation? Yes, I forget that this is Nigeria where people’s votes or voices matter not to our criminal politicians, they know that whether we vote for them or not, they will for sure rig the election and force their ways back to power against the will of the people. But every soon, God Almighty that pronounced judgement on Saddam Hussein Of Iraq, Gaddafi of Libya, Samuel Doe of Liberia, and Sanni Abacha just to mention a few, will for sure pass his judgement again on our wicked politicians tormenting Nigerian people. They have enriched themselves immensely with the people’s money while over 170 millions great Nigerians are currently living in abject poverty. That God that says that He will never forsake the poor will surely deliver us from these criminal Nigerians called politicians. Amen.


      August 15, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Imagine where they are when Patrick Sawyer bring Ebele Virus into Nigeria and are now using taxpayer money to campaign against spread of Ebele Virus.

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