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CD denies membership of Anambra rights group

By Enyim Enyim

ONITSHA—Human rights group, Campaign for Democracy (CD), has denied being part of Anambra Human Rights Coalition.The group distanced itself from a petition written to the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the President of the Federal Court of Appeal  against Dr Andy Uba’s suit, which judgment is being expected tomorrow at the Court Appeal in Enugu.
Human rights groups in Anambra state, under the aegis of Anambra Human Rights Coalition, had last week in a petition written to the National Judicial Council (NJC), copied to the President of the  Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), United Nations Organization (UNO) and other foreign agencies, called on the Appeal Court judges to refrain from giving judgment in favour of Andy Uba, in view of possible dire constitutional consequences.

Describing the action of the group as reckless, and selfish, CD said it was not a party to the conspiracy, adding that it would not, as a law abiding organization,   interfere in any matter subsisting in any court of law.State chairman of the group, Mr Uzor A .Uzor, who addressed journalists in Onitsha, said CD “is a focused and objective group that cannot be bought over by government to do its bidding against the interest of the public, which it was constituted to protect.

“We cannot join any person or group of persons to victimize or intimidate  any law abiding Nigerian, no matter the circumstance” .Uzor condemned what he described as the pollution of human right groups in the state by a few selfish individuals who have deviated from the noble ideals of activism to pursuit of pecuniary and selfish interests, warning that CD will no longer tolerate any situation where its hallowed name will be dragged into ridiculous and deceitful plots without its knowledge.

According to him, “all Courts of law, the High Court, Appeal Court or Supreme Court are competent to adjudicate on matters brought before it without undue interference from any group that is not studied in legal matters”.


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