The International Society of Public Law, Nigeria Chapter (ICON-S NG) has commended the Federal Government’s efforts against COVID-19, while also stressing need for governments at all levels and the security agencies to operate within the boundaries of International Law.
The position of the group was contained in a statement by Prof. Wahab Egbewole, SAN ICON-S Nigeria Chapter Chairperson.
The statement, made available to The State Online reads:
Containing the COVID-19 Pandemic the need to operate within the boundaries of International Law
The International Society of Public Law, Nigeria Chapter (ICON-S NG) salutes the effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria to contain the pandemic of COVID-19 and halting its spread. In line with the various guidelines already issued, the Chapter postponed the International Conference scheduled to hold from April 27-29, 2020.
The Chapter shall continue to observe the situation in line with guidelines from the relevant government authorities and would announce new dates for the conference accordingly.
The chapter also calls on the governments at all levels as well as security agencies enforcing the various measures to ensure that it operates within the ambit of the rule of law and that all agents of state also complies with laid down international law in enforcing all government policies.
It is our view that the respect for human dignity is one that must be respected in these trying moments. The Nigerian Police, Military and other paramilitary agencies must ensure that they adhere to the basic tenets of human dignity and respect for bodily integrity of all individuals in all circumstances. In line with international standards, all reasonable and civil methods must be deployed as against crude and brutal approach as we observe in other countries.
ICON-S Nigeria, calls therefore on relevant authorities to ensure that the rules of engagement are clearly spelt out for officers in the field while citizens are urged to comply and complement the well meaning efforts of the government to contain the spread of the Pandemic.
Prof. Wahab Egbewole, SAN ICON-S Nigeria Chapter Chairperson.
Department of Jurisprudence and International Law
Faculty of Law,
University of Ilorin
P.M.B 1515, Ilorin Nigeria