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Ozekhome, others clash with DSS in Lagos

Leading human rights activists are set for a face-off with top brass of Directorate of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian police at the 2019 “Human Rights Summit” in Lagos.

According to a statement by Messrs Okey Ilofulunwa and Emeka Nwadioke, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch Human Rights Committee and “Human Rights Summit 2019 Planning Committee” will be hold on Tuesday 10 December 2019 at 1:00 pm in AGIP Recital Hall of MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Among the main lights of human rights movement that have committed to participate in the event are fiery crusader of human rights, Femi Falana, SAN who will chair the occasion and Prof. Anselm Chidi Odinkalu, former Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) who is the Keynote Speaker. The theme of the summit is “Youth standing up for human rights: the case for Nigeria.”

The list of panelists includes the human rights heavyweights as Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN; Mrs. Ayo Obe, former President of Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO); Mr. Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, and Mr. Monday Ubani, former NBA 2nd Vice President.

Other members of the panel are United National Special Adviser on Human Rights, Mr. Martin Ejidike; Mr. Yusuf Bichi, Director General of Directorate for State Security (DSS) and Head, AIG Zone 2, Nigeria Police Force, Lagos, Mr. Ahmed Iliyasu.

Among the dignitaries expected at the summit are the chief judge of the state of Lagos, Judge Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba, special guest of honor; Lagos State Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, guest of honor and former president of the NBA, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, guest of honor.

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According to the organisers, the summit which is regarded by human rights watchers as the largest gathering of human rights activists in recent times, is open to the general public at no cost. In line with this year’s theme, many university and high school students have also been invited to attend the summit.

Noting the importance of this year’s theme, the United Nations said: “After a year marked by the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which culminated on 20 November, 2019, our plan is to capitalise on the current momentum and spotlight the leadership role of youth in collective movements as a source of inspiration for a better future.

“Under our generic call to action ‘Stand Up for Human rights,’ we aim to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights. The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to encourage, galvanise, and showcase how youth all over the world stand up for their rights and against racism, hate speech, bullying, discrimination, and climate change, to name a few.”

The summit is holding with the heat of the arrest, bail and re-arrest of Sahara reporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore.