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SERAP blows hot, calls for the release of man who ‘insults’ Buhari, Yahaya

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The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP) has called on the release of Usman Mohammed  a man who was arrested by the Nigerian Police in Gombe , over allegedly “insulting and intimidating’ President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Yahaya of Gombe state.

The advocacy group, called for the release of the Usman on Saturday saying;  authorities should end  persecutions  for ‘insulting’ public officials.

“We’re calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Usman Mohammed, reportedly arrested and charged for ‘insulting and intimidating’ President Buhari and Governor Yahaya of Gombe state.

“The authorities should end prosecutions for ‘insulting’ public officials.

“Insulting the president or a governor or any other public officials should not be a crime.

“The authorities should stop this mockery of human rights and respect Nigerians’ right to peaceful free expression.”

INSIDE REPORT had reported that Usman Mohammed was arrested by police in Gombe state for ‘insulting and intimidating  President Buhari and Governor Yahaya of Gombe state in a video that went viral.

Serap in a different tweet further stated that, ‘Insult’ is not a crime, criminalization of ‘insult’ amounts to unjustifiable restrictions on the right to freedom of expression guaranteed in the 1999 Nigerian constitution.

The tweet reads:

“KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: ‘INSULT’ IS NOT A CRIME

Criminalisation of ‘insult’ amounts to unjustifiable restrictions on the right to freedom of expression guaranteed in section 39 of the Nigerian constitution 1999 [as amended] and human rights treaties to which Nigeria is a state party.

“The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has stated in CRP vs Nigeria that any national laws restricting freedom of expression must conform to international human rights norms and standards relating to freedom of expression and should not jeopardise the right itself.

“The African commission has stated further that it will not allow restrictions on freedom of expression on the basis of ‘ready-made’ excuse, including of national security and public order.”

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