Press Release

The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Robert Petri has pledged the support of his country in the implementation of the recommendation of the 2013 Universal Periodic Review to enhance the enjoyment of human rights in Nigeria.

The Ambassador who stated this during a courtesy call to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said he is in the Commission to intensify cooperation already established by President Muhammadu Buhari during his recent visit to the Netherlands.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the United Nations to support efforts of the Nigerian government in establishing counter terrorism mechanisms to curb the spread of insurgency particularly in the North East.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq made this call in Abuja when he received a UN delegation on a working visit to the Commission.
According to the Executive Secretary, establishing counter terrorism mechanisms will not only help Nigeria track the network of the insurgents but will also assist the Military and other security agencies with adequate information and strategies required to overcome insurgency in the country.

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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on government agencies and institutions that manage detention facilities to ensure that all facilities under their care are kept in line with minimum standards for the keeping of such facilities.

According to the Commission, prisoners and other detainees should be treated with respect due to their inherent dignity and values as human beings.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission Tony Ojukwu Esq made the call in Abuja when he led a team of Senior Officials of the Commission on an audit of the detention facilities of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters in Abuja.

Ojukwu who inspected the detention facilities operated by the EFCC told the anti-graft body to ensure that detainees are allowed access to their lawyers, family members and medications.

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