Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Stop threatening Tonto Dikeh on Marijuana Smoking - HURIWA tells NDLEA

Human Rights Writers Association
Of Nigeria
(HURIWA) has
come to the defence of Miss
Tonto Dike
following NDLEA's threat of arresting the movie
In a media statement issued by
the National
Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel
Onwubiko and
National media Director, Miss
Zainab Yussuf,
said NDLEA is chasing shadows by
threatening to arrest a Nigerian citizen whose
photograph' does not constitute
hard core
judicial evidence but rather a social media contraption
that may
never stand credibility
test in the competent court of
The group urged the anti drug agency to not
waste its time on
baseless pursuit and shine their
light on the
high profile drug
barons in the country. HURIWA asked NDLEA to also
concentrate on
how to repair its
public image damaged by the
costly mistake
it made during the arrest, detention and
investigation of the
popular Yoruba
comedian Baba Suwe (the
popular expensive
faecis/excreta gamble by the NDLEA).
HURIWA stated thus; "We are
shocked that
the NDLEA has
deviated from their time tested
mandate of going after big drug
barons who have brought
opprobrium to the image
of Nigeria and are now engaged
in 'media circus show' of
attempting to arrest an
innocent Nigerian
lady Miss.
Tonto Dike over an allegation
that falls flat on its face as an
irredeemably unsubstantiated
that will inevitably fail
any good test of credibility in
the competent court of law. Law
enforcement is not done by
emotion or
sentiment but on hard
core evidence, empirically tested
to be credible. Now that Miss.
Tonto Dike has denied ever
appearing in that
allegedly forged
photograph on the social media,
NDLEA should leave this lady
alone and go after big barons".
NDLEA spokesman Mr. Mitchell
Ofoyeju had
stated thus; "Our
attention has been drawn to the post quite
frankly and I can tell
you that action will be taken on
it. The law is
clear and NDLEA
has been very clear on the issue. No one is
permitted to sell, use,
cultivate or encourage the use
of Indian hemp
in Nigeria. The
substance is one of the banned narcotics in
the country."
But HURIWA faulted the move
saying that the
allegation against
Miss. Tonto Dike at best amounted to 'tissue
of speculative
contraption' which should not
attract the
attention of any
serious-minded law enforcement agency
except if it has run out
of idea on how to pursue and
arrest high
profile drug barons
who have flooded major streets of state
capitals with hard drugs
leading to serial addictions by
the Nigerian
The Rights group said; "NDLEA is being clever
by half by stating
that it will arrest and jail Miss.
Tonto Dike
based on mere
untenable evidence of marijuana photograph
on the social media.
Why did the NDLEA fail to seek
clarification from the Borno
state governor who was reported in a section
of the media to
have alleged that drug addicts
are in his
cabinet? Why is NDLEA
after this lady? Is it because she is a woman
whereas it has not
bothered to look the way of the
Borno state
governor that alleged
the presence of drug addicts in the state
cabinet nor has the
agency gone after the
international musicians
who appear
regularly in the Nigerian media puffing what
looks like

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