By Ekechi Nne Àtùpà EkeneChukwu Creed
<SUNBIGHT>~Column~Orie~7th September, 2022 @ 13:25 CAT
Right To Life: Unlawful Killings
Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Onitsha – THE International Convenant on Civil and Political Rights proclaimed in Article 6 “Every Human Being has the inherent right to life. This Right shall be protected by Law. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.”
Also, the African Charter on Human & Peoples’ Rights adopted in Article 4 “Human Beings are invioable. Every Human Being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of this right.”
LIFE could simply be defined as the state of being alive and living.
UNLAWFUL KILLINGS is referred to as when a Human Being has been killed by one or more unknown persons.
That is a killing that is done without Lawful excuse and in breach of criminal law.
These could be murder, manslaughter, homicide or intentional accident.
According to International Human Rights watchdog, Amnesty International in its publicised document – “Since August 2015, the security forces have killed atleast 150 murder and supporters of the pro-Biafran organisations – IPOB, and injured hundreds during non-violent meetings, marches and other gatherings. Hundreds were also arbitrarily arrested.”
The 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended stipulates in Section 33(1) “Every Person has a Right to Life, and nọ one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.”
The use of live ammunition must be prohibited in dispersing peaceful gatherings or demonstration in the Society.
The Definition of a Human Being according to the Igbo language is “MMA NDU” translated as “The Beauty of Life.”
In the Igbo culture and tradition, the Human Life is sacred and should not be arbitrarily killed unjustly.
The abolishment of the death penalty against Human Being has taken effect in most countries signifing the sacredness of Life.
The Life of a Human Being should be protected spiritually and physically not withstanding the circumstances.
The priority of the Security agencies in any community should be the protection of the lives of the denizens, even in the event of a confrontation especially on unarmed or defenceless people.
The government of a country or nation must endeavour to protect the Lives of the peoples.
Laws should be enacted and put into practise against unlawful killings in every provinces.
The Human Life should be sacrosanct in an event of a crime and last resort in a judicial process.
The implementation of the Basic Human Rights and Fundamental freedom of a Person should be the first step in the protection of his life.■