Press Release

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will commence a nationwide audit of detention centres beginning this month of June.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq disclosed this in Yola, Adamawa state at a midterm review meeting of the NHRC/UNHCR/IDP Protection Monitoring Project.

The NHRC boss said the exercise is in fulfillment of the Commission’s mandate to ensure that detention facilities across the country are run in line with the applicable Nigerian Constitutional requirement and in accordance with the UN Minimum Standards for detention centers.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is to collaborate with International Federation of Female Lawyers (FIDA) to establish shelter homes for victims of domestic violence especially women and children.

Receiving Officials of FIDA Abuja branch on an official visit to the Commission, Executive Secretary NHRC, Tony Ojukwu Esq stated that both organizations have complementary functions and will work to achieve set mandate.

According to the Executive Secretary, the Commission has been desirous of acquiring a shelter home in view of the numerous cases of victims of domestic violence that inundate the Commission.

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As Nigeria joins the rest of the African continent to celebrate the 2018 Day of the African Child, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq has called for the prioritization of child rights issues in both national and state budgets.

The NHRC Chief Executive Officer made this statement in Abuja at an event organized by the Commission in collaboration with PLAN international and National Council of Child Rights Advocates of Nigeria (NACCRAN)  to commemorate the Day.

The Commission’s helmsman stated that adequate provisions should be made in both national and state budgets for the protection and welfare of children especially in emergency situation to guard against all forms of abuses.

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