Canadian Court Describes Nigeria Police Force As Murderous, Corrupt, Denies Former Officer Asylum

A Federal Court in Ottawa, Canada says the Nigeria Police Force’s involvement in extrajudicial killings, torture, abstract executions of suspects in custody, amongst different grotesque human rights abuses, is “overwhelming”.

The Court disclosed this whereas denying asylum to Charles Ukoniwe, a former operative of the infamous MOPOL unit.

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The conclusion got here after Ukoniwe sought a judicial overview of the North American nation’s immigration division that denied him asylum for his attainable involvement in crimes whereas he served as a police officer in Nigeria, Peoples Gazette reviews.

Judge Patrick Gleeson held that any Nigerian who willingly joins the Nigeria Police Force might be responsible by affiliation earlier than the Canadian judicial system and the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, however whether or not or not the particular person dedicated gruesomes crimes usually related to the NPF.

The decide hinged his resolution on the landmark 2013 case of former Congolese consultant to UN Rachidi Ekanza Ezokola, wherein the Supreme Court of Canada dominated that anybody who knowingly participates in an organisation or regime linked to crimes in opposition to humanity is not going to obtain safety underneath the 1951 Refugee Convention.

The ruling got here months after Nigerian troopers opened fireplace on protesters who had been taking part within the #EndSARS marketing campaign to finish police brutality in Nigeria, killing a minimum of 9 civilians in an operation stated to have been authorised by President Muhammadu Buhari. Days after the Lekki killings, some Nigerian troopers had been killed in a mysterious operation that the Nigerian Army has did not publicly acknowledge or clarify.

Ukoniwe joined the Nigeria Police in 2001 and served for 17 years earlier than fleeing Nigeria in March 2018 on the grounds that he was being sought by members of a cult gang that he had investigated for murder in 2016. He claimed to have obtained a number of telephone calls and that his home was burnt in 2017.

Documents seen by the newspaper confirmed Ukoniwe left Nigeria for the United States on March 5, 2018. He arrived in Canada on June 6, 2018, and subsequently filed a declare for refugee safety.

Having carried out some findings about his service within the Nigeria Police Force, the Canadian immigration division denied him asylum for proof exhibiting his involvement within the crimes in opposition to humanity. 

Although the previous police sergeant contended that the choice was “unreasonable” and denied his complicity within the crimes, Canadian authorities famous that it was unlikely that he didn’t know of widespread crimes perpetrated by the Nigerian police.

“Documentary evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that the NPF and the MOPOL unit committed human rights violations during Mr. Ukoniwe’s service; and it was unlikely that he had no knowledge of these generalised violations despite the evidence that his awareness of criminal activity and human rights violations was limited to low-level corruption within the NPF,” the doc stated.

Evidence by the division additionally confirmed that the pressure’s crimes in opposition to humanity together with extrajudicial killings and torture had been “overwhelming,” citing the MOPOL unit as largely disposed to extrajudicial killings, torture and corruption.

In his ruling on July 16, Gleeson expressed his satisfaction with the immigration division’s resolution and held that the applying be dismissed.

“Having carefully considered the record and submissions of both parties, I have come to the conclusion that this application must be dismissed. For the reasons that follow, I am satisfied that the ID reasonably weighed the relevant factors in determining that Mr. Ukoniwe made a knowing and significant contribution to the crimes committed by the Nigeria Police Force [NPF],” the doc stated.

In April, one other Canadian decide, Sébastien Grammond, additionally denied asylum to Olushola Popoola, a former member of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on the grounds of his affiliation with the police unit.

Popoola had additionally requested for a judicial overview of the choice of the immigration division which discovered him inadmissible into the nation on the grounds of his membership of the Nigeria Police Force.

“I am dismissing his application because the decision-maker reasonably assessed the relevant factors for deciding whether Mr Popoola made a knowing and significant contribution to the crimes committed by the Nigerian Police Force,” Grammond dominated.

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Canadian Court Describes Nigeria Police Force As Murderous, Corrupt, Denies Former Officer Asylum

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