#Amnesty condemns DSS invasion of CISLAC office

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Global rights group, Amnesty International, has condemned the invasion of the Abuja office of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre by operatives of the Department of State Services on Monday, December 27, 2021.

The invasion was disclosed in a statement signed by the Executive Director, CISLAC, Malam Auwal Musa, titled, ‘Intimidation and profiling of civil society groups during Yuletide’, which was addressed to DSS DG, Ibrahim Bichi.

In the statement, CISLAC stated that there was no prior notice, invitation or pending request from the DSS before its office was invaded.

Reacting, Amnesty, in a post on social media, described the invasion as an action taken without respect for the rule of law.

The rights group also said it is yet another sign of Nigerian authorities’ escalating clampdown on civil society organisations.

“Amnesty International is deeply concerned over the invasion of the office of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) by DSS operatives.

\“It is shocking that a law enforcement agency acted without respect for the rule of law. This is yet another sign of Nigerian authorities’ escalating clampdown on civil society organisations.

“We condemn this brazen attempt by the DSS to intimidate CISLAC, which has consistently exposed corruption and demanded accountability.

“Nigerian authorities must end this dangerous trend of using agencies like the DSS to silence its critics and target human rights defenders,” Amnesty said.

 

 

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