The Commission


The National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria was established by the National Human Rights Commission Act 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 Commission serves as an extra-judicial mechanism for the enhancement of the respect for 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 Executive Secretary - Mr Tony Ojukwu The Commission is headed by the Executive Secretary who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
There are six departments in the administrative structure of the Commission namely: Admin, LID, Finance and Accounts, Public Affairs and Communications, Planning, Research and Statistics, and Monitoring and External Programmes.
There are three Units under the Executive Secretary's Office, namely, the Council Secretariat, Audit and Public Interest litigation Units.
The Commission also has six zonal offices representing the six geo-political zones of the country, namely; North West Zone (Kano), North East Zone (Maiduguri), North Central (Jos), South West (Lagos), South East (Enugu) and South South (Port Harcourt).

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2018 celebration of the West African Human Rights Day in Monrovia,Liberia.


The president of Network of National Human Rights Institutions in West Africa(NNHRI-WA)/Ag Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Nigeria Mrs. Oti Ovrawah with other West African leaders including the newly elected Liberian President George Weah and the outgoing President Elen Johnson Sirleaf during the 2018 celebration of the West African Human Rights Day in Monrovia, Liberia.
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EL-ZAKZAKY: NHRC DENIES KEEPING QUIET


The National Human Rights Commission has denied allegations that it kept quiet over the prolonged detention of the leader of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-zakzaky saying it has made recommendations to the appropriate authorities.
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