In a society founded on the principles of justice and equality, each individual is inherently entitled to specific inalienable rights. These rights serve as a shield against oppression and injustice, empowering us to live our lives with dignity and respect. However, there are times when these rights are blatantly disregarded, leading to acts of harassment and assault that not only violate the law but also undermine the very fabric of our society.

The recent incident in Mgboma village, Alaike community in Obowo Local Government Area of Imo State, serves as a stark reminder of the importance of knowing and asserting our rights. On Thursday, February 20, 2024, Mr. Nathan Emeka, an 82-year-old member of the community, fell victim to a devious plot orchestrated by one Chidi, alongside four of his cousins.

The perpetrators falsely accused Mr. Nathan of engaging in fetishism and ritualistic practices, fabricating evidence to support their claims. With calculated malice, they manipulated harmless objects found on Mr. Nathan’s farmland, presenting them as sacrificial items buried in a supposed “grave” near the community’s revered stream “Iyi Amadi”. Through the dissemination of a manipulated video on social media platforms, they incited anger and hostility towards Mr. Nathan, tarnishing his reputation and subjecting him to physical brutality.

It is crucial to recognize that such acts of harassment and assault are not only morally reprehensible but also punishable under the Law. In Nigeria, every individual has the right to live free from fear of violence or persecution. The Constitution guarantees the right to life, liberty, and security of person, as well as protection from inhuman or degrading treatment. Furthermore, the Criminal Code Act and other relevant statutes explicitly prohibit assault, battery, and defamation of character. Those found guilty of such offenses can face severe legal consequences, including imprisonment and fines.

In light of Mr. Nathan’s ordeal, it is imperative that we remain vigilant and proactive in safeguarding our rights and the rights of others. By educating ourselves about the Law and understanding our rights, we empower ourselves to resist injustice and hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

If you or someone you know is a victim of harassment or assault, it is essential to seek legal assistance immediately. Report the incident to the appropriate authorities and cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies to ensure that justice is served.

CSAAE operates an advocacy toll-free line (0800 900 1000) dedicated to reporting incidences of this nature. Let us stand united against all forms of harassment and assault, reaffirming our commitment to justice, equality, and the rule of law. Together, we can create a society where every individual can live with dignity, free from fear and oppression.


About Our Founder
Fr. Godswill Agbagwa

Godswill Uchenna Agbagwa is a Catholic priest and a social ethicist. He was born in Umueze Amaimo, a small village in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State to Mr. Charlyman Chikamnele Agbagwa and Mrs. Evelyn Chinyere Agbagwa of blessed memory.