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Activists Sue Alia Over Public Order Act

Human rights activists have filed a lawsuit against Benue State Governor Hyacinth Alia challenging the recent public order law enacted by his administration. The plaintiffs – Bemgba Iortyom and Adebayo Ogorry – argued that the law was a gross violation of fundamental rights and amounts to a “reign of dictatorship” that must be halted.

The controversial law, which includes provisions such as a ban on public events after 10 pm and prohibition of hawking, has been widely criticized as an attempt to stifle free speech and criminalise ordinary citizens. The activists claim that the law is vague, oppressive, and targets vulnerable groups and perceived political enemies. Speaking at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the plaintiffs said:

“We have brought an action before the High Court of Benue Holden at Makurdi, in which the Government of Benue State, The Executive Governor of Benue State and the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and Public Order in Benue State are all Defendants, and we are seeking the intervention of the Court to declare as null and void the Executive Order proclaimed by Alia recently which content are both a violation of the fundamental human rights of Nigerian citizens in Benue State, as well as they constitute abuse of power and are an attempt to exercise law making powers not donated to the governor by the constitution of Nigeria.

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