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The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria was established by the National Human Rights Commission Rights 1995 (as amended) in line with Resolution 48/134 of the United Nations General Assembly which enjoins all member states to establish independent National Institutions for the promotion, protection and enforcement of human rights.
The Executive Secretary - Mr Tony Ojukwu The Commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the respect and enjoyment of human rights. It also provides avenues for public enlightenment, research, and dialogue in order to raise awareness on Human Rights issues.
The National Human Rights Commission is currently headed by the Executive Secretary, Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq. Who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

There are 13 Departments in the administrative structure of the Commission namely:• Human Rights Institute, • Human Rights Education & Promotion,• Finance and Account Civil & Political Rights, • Economic Social & Cultural Rights, • Women, Children & Vulnerable Groups, • Legal Services & Enforcement, • Human Resource Management, • Corporate Affairs & External Linkages Directorate, • Reform Co-ordination & Service Improvement, • Planning, Statistics & Documentation, • Directorate of Procurement, • Monitoring Department.

There are 4 functional units in the Commission, they include: • Council Secretariat, • Internal Audit, • Complaints Registry, • Information and Communication Technology.

The NHRC presently has State offices in all 36 states of the country and the FCT.

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1. The National Human Rights Commission is in receipt of a report that on Friday the 26th of April 2019 armed security officers led by the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) under the auspices of the FCT Joint Task Force raided night clubs and the streets of Abuja. They claimed that the raids were intended to arrest prostitutes. About 71 women were arrested and held in different police stations in Abuja. In these raids none or very few men were arrested. Victims of the raids made serious allegations of rape, sexual harassment; and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. This was one of many raids purportedly carried out by AEPB and the FCT Joint Task Force regularly. Similar complaints have been received by the Commission from several states of the country.

Presidential Panel on SARS Reform led by Tony Ojukwu Esq, Executive Secretary NHRC submits Report to President Muhammad Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Chairman Presidential Panel on SARS Reform Tony Ojukwu Esq has clarified media reports on the recommendations made by the Panel to the Federation Government.

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