Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha to investigate allegations of serial harassment and alleged threats to life of a Knight of the Roman Catholic Church in Abuja Sir. Lawrence Omotayo by the Director General of National Office for Trade negotiation Dr. Yonov Ogah.
HURIWA said the allegations against the federal government’s appointee by his residential neigbour at Kujama Close Area 2 section 1, Garki Abuja, who is a reputable businessman and community organizer in the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja Sir Omotayo are disconcerting and are disturbing enough to the human rights community to deserve the express probe by the secretary to the government of the federation to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of these accusations which include threats to life of the knight and his family members.
In a media statement on Monday, the National Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko said the rights group has visited the vicinity to verify some of those allegations and made several calls to the phone number provided as that of the alleged violator to no avail just as the group said it is convinced that only the direct intervention of the SGF will assuage the monumental fear of Omotayo and his family members who are afraid of imminent threats to their lives because of the prominent public status of the alleged violator.
HURIWA which made reference to a petition by the aggrieved knight titled: “Petition against alleged intimidation, harassments with incessant summons, frivolous demand for the sum of four million Naira (N4m) and threats to life of myself and family members allegedly by Agah, said the petitioner cried for redress through the organisation to draw the attention of office of the SGF of the central government to these allegations.
HURIWA recalled that Sir. Lawrence Omotayo in the petition addressed to National Coordinator of HURIWA Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko disclosed the allegations thus:“My name is Lawrence Omotayo, I’m a citizen of Nigeria. I run a private business in Abuja (Printing & Publishing and Real Estate) after meritoriously served three successive Legislators as Legislative Aide in the National Assembly from a career which spanned almost a decade there. My printing press / office is situated at Area 3, Garki, Abuja.
“I purchased Flat 6, Block 8, Kujama Close from Mr. JDA Akanbi (a retired Director and colleague of Mr. Yonov Frederick Agah in the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Federal Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry, Abuja) in September, 2020, commenced renovation of the flat purchased in December, 2020 and moved in on February 18th 2021.
“In the course of the renovation, it is only natural that we attempted to clear most of the surroundings and donate the ones we felt we needed to give back to the community. In doing these, we identified a guava tree (which we thought grew on its own at first because it was less than 2ft to the foundation of the building), I was reliably informed also that the guava tree usually carries current from the high tension it was touching then so we cut it down and uprooted it so as to save the children in the neighborhood and the building.
“We equally renovated the water tap provided by my former flat owner and left it open (on my water meter till date for the benefit of the community. It is noteworthy to state that Mr. Agah’s household uses the water from the same tap to wash car). I provided a fence wire beside Mr. Agah’s flat, erected a parking lots for the first time (there was no allotted parking lots for each flats as of the time I started the renovation in fact, in addition to the spaces allotted to Mr. Agah’s flat, he took additional one at the main entrance to the building which he deliberately blocks the entrance with impunity. I changed two separate glasses in his flat after the claim by his maid – Dorcas that they were broken in the course of the renovation.….”
HURIWA therefore appeals to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to intervene so these citizens, afraid that harm may be done to them, are reassured.
HURIWA said it will similarly be sending the petition to the office of President Muhammadu Buhari as the father of the Nation to intervene.