NHRC calls for end in torture of citizens by security personnel

27/06/2022 9:49:00 PM

NHRC calls for end in torture of citizens by security personnel

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NHRC calls for end in torture of citizens by security personnel

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC , has spoken against torture by security and other law enforcement officials in the country on citizens. The

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has spoken against torture by security and other law enforcement officials in the country on citizens.The commission called on government and stakeholders at all levels to work harder to ensure that torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment meted out on citizens by security and law enforcement personnel are completely eradicated in the society.

It also called on government to immediately put mechanism in place to check against terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry.The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu, made the call in Abuja during the celebration of the 2022 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

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The commission called on government and stakeholders at all levels to work harder to ensure that torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment meted out on citizens by security and law enforcement personnel are completely eradicated in the society. It also called on government to immediately put mechanism in place to check against terrorism, kidnapping and armed banditry.   In an 11-point communique issued by the Synod, the church stated that the worsening insecurity, killings, kidnappings and increased attacks on churches and Christians without effective response from the Nigerian government are serious indications that the alleged Islamisation agenda is real. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu, made the call in Abuja during the celebration of the 2022 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.”  SaharaReporters on Sunday reported that following the rising cases of the activities of bandits, the governor asked the people of the state to arm themselves and defend themselves from bandits, while he instructed the Commissioner of Police to issue arm licenses to individuals when they apply for it. Speaking at the weekend at the event commemorating the day that is observed globally on 26 June every year, the Executive Secretary called on security agencies to desist from any form of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment while carrying out their operations, urging them to embrace international best practices in conducting investigations which according to him gives high regard to respect for human rights. Emmanuel Chukwuma; the Chancellor, Prof. Ojukwu equally expressed concern over private citizens’ involvement in this ugly practice, describing it as deeply disturbing to the Commission. It was infamous for its dexterity in dismantling even the most hardened of suspects and detainees.

According to him, “The international event is significant because it provides the opportunity to reassess the conduct of law enforcement agencies, groups, and individuals in order to ensure that they operate within the ambit of national, regional, or international law. Dr Stanley Nweze. “Beyond that, of course, there are other legal issues, other issues of governance, issues that the government could have addressed using the instrumentality of the law that are available for him to bring greater peace and security. “A good number of the complaints treated by the commission during the Independent Investigative Panel on Alleged Human Rights Violations by Officers of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other Units of the Nigeria Police relate to several incidents of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the Police, our records are there to show.” He further stated that the commission has conducted several trainings and developed manuals on mainstreaming human rights in the operations of the law enforcement officials including those involved in counter-insurgency operations in the northeast.”   It further said,"The Synod notes that the rise in the activities of ritual killers, kidnappers, armed Fulani militias, bandits, insurgents and terrorists all over our country is a great cause for concern as the value of life in Nigeria is at its lowest ebb. Similarly, he said the commission has embarked on a series of advocacy visits and conducted inspections in detention facilities across the country to ensure that their operations are in line with international human rights standards. “I believe that what we are doing in Zamfara and of course, across the states of the federation, is in deference to the provisions of the constitution. He added that: “Where we are not satisfied with what we observe, we make recommendations to appropriate authorities for improvement.   "The Synod is dismayed by the atrocities of terrorists and the so-called bandits in the North and the continued killings by the armed Fulani militias in the South which have greatly affected our farmers and prevented them from working on their farms. The constitutional prohibition of torture is as old as post-colonial Nigeria.

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