Director General of Conference for the Actualisation of Human Rights, Barrister Maxwell Ogedegbe, on Friday, November 13, 2020, inaugurated 16 member working committee as executives for Delta North and Asaba zone of the foremost human rights body in Nigeria.
The executive members inaugurated by Maxwell Ogedegbe, Director General of the rights group, include Comrade Ojei Victor, Delta North Director, Comrade Gilor Kelly, Deputy Delta North Coordinator, Comrade Kenneth Nwaobi, Delta North PRO, Barr. Ogbodogbo Michael, Delta North Legal Adviser, Comrade Ganagana Francis, Asaba Unit Coordinator, Comrade Ahmodu Yunusa Malle, Asaba Unit Deputy Coordinator and Comrade Mozea Emeka, Asaba Unit Secretary.
Others are Comrade Florence Ogonegbu, Asaba Unit Assistant Secretary, Comrade Thomas Ogar Ochada, Asaba Unit Financial Secretary, Comrade Omogha Akpoghene, Asaba Unit PRO, Comrade Sebastian Ikpo Member, Comrade Oliko Patrick Chike Member, Amb. Enebeli Chukuwuememe Marvelous Member, Amb. Ogisi Khalil Elvis Member, Comrade Waya Ufuoma Anthony Member and Comrade Ajukwu Jessy member.
Ogedegbe, during the inauguration, told the 16 members that their aim is to champion the cause of the down trodden and act as watchdog of the society. He said the human rights group is a body of people with burning desire to champion the rights of those who are abused in society.
He said though human rights abuse are usually attributed to the police, he said the present police commissioner in Delta state, Hafix Inuwa, does not tolerate such acts. Ogedegbe said the Delta police boss is human rights friendly and would always ensure rights of people are protected.
He said prior to the posting of Inuwa to Delta, there were many cases of rights abuse in courts but with the posting of Inuwa to Delta, many of those cases are settled outside the courts, hence he said ‘we have a police force that is cooperating with us.”
He said by law, the moment a child is born he has right to life, adding that if anyone is caught committing a crime, no one has right to execute him but must follow through the process of law. He said such is extra-judicial killing, such person has taken laws into his hands.
He said if such a person is caught, he will be tried and if found guilty, he will be sent to jail for murder.
“Human rights is inborn. From the day you are born, you have fundamental human rights to life. If anyone is found to have committed abortion or attempted abortion, she can be arrested for murder,” Ogedegbr said.
Delta commissioner of police, Hafiz Inuwa, who was represented at the inauguration ceremony by CSP Imade Graham, in charge of Dragon, said human right is germane and no one has right to take another person’s life against the law.
He itemised the basic rights of individuals and said everyone has right to choose the way they want to live their lives but must be within the confines of the law. The CP said Nigeria police of today are ever ready to protect lives and property of Nigerians.
He told members of the group to tell Nigerians to obey laws saying if there are infractions into the law, the individual’s rights will be restricted by law enforcement officers.
Pastor Edewor Ogedegbe, legal adviser to the group, warned against turning human rights advocacy to money making opportunities. He said: “We have seen many who extort money from people in the name of fighting for their rights. We do it for humanity and for the downtrodden and for God.”
He said the fight of human rights groups is for both the police and the people. He said the body has fought for both police and the general public.