NBA Frowns at Military’s Demolition of Market Structures

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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Maiduguri chapter has condemned the recent demolition of shops and market stalls in the troubled town, insisting that the soldiers accused of perpetrating the act have gone beyond their bounds.

The legal body promised to bring the offenders, who were alleged to have concentrated the demolition at the Monday market and others markets and
parks within the Maiduguri metropolis, to justice.

The Maiduguri chapter of the NBA in a statement signed by its Chairman, Barrister Abdulwasiu Alfa and made available to journalists in Maiduguri on Sunday said: “We condemn in strong terms the high handedness and shall do everything possible to bring the perpetrators to justice no matter how highly placed”.

While accusing the military of the demolition, the Bar stated that the military should know that the state is no longer under state of emergency and that the state is under absolute democracy and therefore the citizens are entitled to all rights enshrined in the 4th scheduled of the 1999 constitution.

“The Nigerian Bar Association is deeply shocked by the unwarranted, unjustified and illegal demolition of temporary structures along major streets and the Monday Market area,”, the statement stated.

The chairman said “it is worrisome that the security operatives particularly military operatives of the 7th Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri are under illusionary impression that they are above the law or not subject to Nigerian law. It is illegal and unconstitutional to proceed to demolish or destroy property of law abiding citizens without any prior notice”.

“The military should not cover their glaring incompetence in the fight against terrorism by simply harassing innocent citizens, the NBA has resolved and directed its human right committee to immediately swing into action in order to identify the perpetrators of distasteful act”, the chairman stated.

The Bar also urged the members of the general public to continue to be law abiding and report any violation of their fundamental rights to the NBA Human Right Committee for appropriate actions.

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