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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Nigerian Feminists Condemn Continuous Harassment Of DJ Switch, MOE, Other EndSARS Activists

... Call On Nigerian Government To Put A Stop To It

                                     • MOE


From Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Feminist Manifesto Group (#NigerianWomenArise) on Wednesday condemned in strong term, the continued harassment of Ms. Modupe Chizoba Odele(MOE) and other activists of the #EndSARS Protest by Nigerian Government and its security agencies.

The Feminist Manifesto Group also demands the immediate return of the International Passport of Ms. Modupe Chizoba which was allegedly confiscated by an Operative of the Nigeria Immigration Service(NIS).

The group in a release, also expressed worry that one of the EndSARS activist, Obianuju Catherine Udeh, popularly called DJ Switch, has been forced into hiding like a fugitive, demanding that the Nigerian government put a stop to the harassment of the members of the Feminist Coalition, DJ Switch, and all the peaceful #ENDSARS protesters. 

The release signed by 233 members of the group, including  Abimbola Junaid, Abiodun Essiet, Abiola Akiyode Afolabi, Adaobi Egboka, Adebanke Akinrimisi, Adekemi Ndieli, Adenike Grange, Adeola Awogbemi, Aderonke Adesanya, Aderonke Bello, Aderonke Ige, Aderonke Imana and Adetoun Ilumoka, was made available to The Daily Crucible.

While praying for the souls of those that lost their lives during this protest to rest in peace, they also expressed the expectation that the Nigerian government would ensure the safety and protection of the rights of the EndSARS Protests activists as bestowed upon them by virtue of the nation's constitution as 
citizens of a democratic society.

They equally assured the youths of their absolute support and solidarity with the ENDSARS agitation, pledging to do all that was necessary to help safeguard their right to peaceful protests and continue to closely 
monitor the events as they unfold.

According to them, Nigerian women will take appropriate measures to protect and defend  democracy and the rule of law as both ingredients are required for peace and justice to reign.

The release reads in part:"We, the undersigned, (#NigerianWomenArise) of the Feminist Womanifesto Group, condemn in strong terms the continued harassment on the #ENDSARS movement activists. 

"We note with alarm that on 3rd November 2020, Module Chizoba Odele a 
Nigerian Attorney and the co-lead of ENDSARSLegal, an initiative which provided 
free legal aid to peaceful #ENDSARS protesters had her Nigerian International 
passport confiscated by a member of the Nigerian Immigration Service.

 "We strongly condemn the actions of the Immigration Service, the Nigerian State Security Service (SSS) and by extension the Nigerian government in confiscating the 
passport of Ms. Odele. 

"We urge the Nigerian government to protect the freedom and rights of all citizens, 
including Ms. Odele. 

"As a Nigerian citizen, Section 41 of the Constitution guarantees Ms. Odele the right to move freely in and out of Nigeria. Thus, any restriction of her movement is illegal and wholly unconstitutional. Section 5 of the Passport Act 1985 gives the Minister of Interior the power to cancel or withdraw a passport, the section 
also states clearly, the conditions for such a withdrawal. Unless the Minister is 
furnished with confidential information not available in the public space, we see no 
legal reason(s) why Ms. Odele’s passport should be confiscated. 

"Suffice it to say that such an act is tantamount to infringement and intimidation, both of which call into question Nigeria’s commitment to fundamental democratic principles and could 
cause reputational damage to Nigeria at home and on the international stage.

"We deplore in the strongest terms, all acts of mental, emotional or physical intimation 
towards any member of the Feminist Coalition for exercising their right to peaceful 
protest, as accorded to every Nigerian under Section 40 of the Nigerian constitution. 

"We believe that Ms. Odele and others are being targeted for the role they played 
during the #ENDSARS protest. We want to remind the government of Nigeria that 
we are in a democratic system. Citizens’ right to express themselves through 
peaceful protest is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. 

"We also use this opportunity to applaud the valorous actions of DJ Switch on the
tragic Tuesday night: “Black Tuesday.” Further, we commend the rest of the brave 
young men and women of the Feminist Coalition for their courage and inspiration. 
Our growing trepidation is further exacerbated by news that DJ Switch - Obianuju Catherine Udeh - is now believed to have been forced into hiding like a fugitive. We are hereby highlighting our increased concern for the safety of all members of the Feminist Coalition. 
                                 •DJ Switch
"We demand that the Nigerian government put a stop to the harassment of the 
members of the Feminist Coalition, DJ Switch, and all the peaceful #ENDSARS 
protesters. 

"We expect that the Nigerian government will ensure their safety and the 
protection of their rights as bestowed upon them by virtue of our Constitution as 
citizens of a democratic society.

"The #NigerianWomenArise assures the youths of our absolute support and solidarity with their ENDSARS agitation. We will do all that is necessary to help safeguard their right to peaceful protests. 

"Nigerian women will continue to closely monitor the events as they unfold. We will take appropriate measures to protect and defend our democracy and the rule of law, both ingredients required for peace 
and justice to reign."



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