SERAP, in the suit, alleged that Wike is using COVID-19 as a pretext to step up repression and systematic abuses against the people of Rivers state, including by carrying out mass arbitrary detention, mistreatment, forced evictions, and imposing pervasive controls on daily life.
SERAP said: “This suit is primarily against Governor Wike and the Rivers state government for failing to respect, protect and ensure the constitutionally and internationally guaranteed human rights of the people of his state. The governor has used Executive Orders 1 and 6 to run roughshod over the human rights of Nigerians.“Ultimately, the Federal Government, being the signatory to ECOWAS treaties and protocols, cannot escape its responsibility to ensure that the human rights guaranteed under human rights treaties to which Nigeria is a state party, are fully and effectively realized throughout Nigeria, including in Rivers state.”
￼Pointing out that the Federal Government erred in law, SERAP cited Article 27 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties “which provides that a state may not invoke the provisions of its internal law as justification for its failure to perform a treaty.”
The rights organization is, therefore, seeking an order of injunction to “restrain and stop Wike from further using, applying and enforcing Executive Orders 1 and 6 or any other executive orders to harass, arbitrarily arrest, detain and demolish property of the people of Rivers state.