17th May, 2018
The Inspector General of Police
Louis Edet House
REQUEST TO ARREST AND PROSECUTE MEMBERS OF JOHESU AT NAFDAC HEADQUATERS, ABUJA AND NATIONWIDE FOR FORCEFUL OBSTRUCTION AND ACTS WHICH CONSTITUTE THREAT TO NATIONAL SECURITY AND VIOLATION OF THE RIGHT TO ACCESS TO PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND SERVICES*
I write in my personal capacity as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a lawyer and, the executive director of the Citizens Advocacy for Social & Economic Rights (CASER ) in order to inform you that I have been verbally assaulted and threatened to be beaten up on the 17th of May, 2018 by a number of members of the Joint Health Staff Union who forcefully prevented me from gaining access to the headquarters, office building of the National Agency for the Administration of Control (NAFDAC).
I had gone to the NAFDAC headquarters on the invitation of the Secretary to the Director General but was accosted by a man, in company of other men who claim to be JOHESU members, and they declared to me that since they were on strike they would not allow any member of the public to gain access into the NAFDAC headquarters. The fierce looking man who claimed to be the Vice Chairman of the trade union threatened me that if I made any move to enter the building, he would personally rough handle me and severely beat me up. This is in spite of the fact that the NAFDAC official security men have cleared me to go inside the premises to the DG’s office.
I respectfully submit sir that the members of JOHESU do not have any right or power in law to prevent any law abiding Nigerian citizen from entering a public building or accessing public services. They do not have such power even in the least. They have become a law unto themselves and therefore, they must be punished according to law.
*The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights* (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 provides in *Article 13 (2) & (3)* that:
*Every citizen shall have the right of equal access to the public service of his country; and every individual shall have the right of access to public property and services in strict equality of all persons before the law.*
Whereas, the said JOHESU members have breached my human right as a citizen of this country for which I shall seek immediate redress in court, their continuous use of illegal force to prevent peace loving people like me and other law abiding citizens from gaining access to public buildings and public services is a criminal offence. Therefore, the Nigerian Police must immediately arrest and prosecute them according to law.
As if it is not enough that the members of JOHESU who are providers of essential services of health ought not to have embarked on any strike as provided by the Trade Disputes (Essential Services) Act and the Trade Union Act, the refusal and failure of the government to enforce the Nigerian labour regime has now further emboldened these members of JOHESU not only to continue to break the law but to have begun breaching citizens’ human rights and threatening to disturb the peace and order of the Nigerian society. They must be made to face the consequences of their illegal actions according to law.
JOHESU members have constituted themselves into enemies of the Nigerian people by their withdrawal of essential health services to poor, ordinary Nigerian citizens who rely on our country’s inadequate public health facilities. These members of JOHESU who have withdrawn essential public health services to the Nigerian people are plainly wicked people and should not have any place in the public service of Nigeria.
Also, it is a pity that the Nigerian government has lacked the political will to sack these insensitive workers and to replace them with skilled and patriotic Nigerians who are ready to serve the Nigerian people and truly build the Nigerian nation.
I however, trust that you, as a chief law enforcer would act and enforce the law in the interest of the Nigerian.
people and to preserve the legal order by taking immediate steps to arrest the striking JOHESU members that are involved in illegal acts and violation of citizens’ human rights.
*TAKE NOTICE* therefore, that I shall where necessary apply to the Federal High Court for an order of mandamus upon you as an agent of the Nigerian government and the Nigerian State to ensure that you enforce the law against the members of JOHESU who are carrying out illegal acts despite haging embarked on an immoral and illegal strike action against the people of Nigeria.
With utmost regards
Frank Tietie, Esq.
1. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation
2. The Honourable Minister of Labour & Productivity
3. The Honourable Minister of Health
4. The Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission
5. The Director General, National Agency for the Administration of Control (NAFDAC).
6. The Divisional Police Officer, Wuse Police Station, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja