COVID-19: SERAP plans to sue Kano for deportating 419 “almajiris”

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Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has condemned the illegal and unconstitutional deportation of 419 poor Nigerians from Kano to Katsina state due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The non-government organisation (NGO) said they would sue Kano state if this illegality was not stopped and if the purported deportation was not immediately reversed.

SERAP said the deportation of 419 Almajiris from Kano to Katsina state flagrantly violated their rights under Nigerian constitution 1999 (as amended)

“It is illegal and unconstitutional for the Kano state authorities to reportedly “deport” 419 poor Nigerians from Kano to Katsina state.

“The deportation of 419 Almajiris from Kano to Katsina state flagrantly violate their rights under Nigerian constitution 1999 (as amended) like to dignity of their persons (s. 34), personal liberty (s. 35), freedom of movement (s. 41), and residency in any part of Nigeria (s. 43),” SERAP said in a post on social media.

It added that the deportation was also a violation of section 15 of the Constitution, which imposed a duty on states to promote national integration.

“Targeting the Almajiris also violates section 42 of the Constitution, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of place of birth/state of origin.

“It’s also a violation of Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (Cap A9) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, prohibiting discriminatory treatment on the ground of “social origin, fortune, birth or other status,” SERAP added.

 

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