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Posted: 2019-03-26

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has decried the emerging risk of violence associated with the 2019 general elections as documented in its report of human rights assessment of the polls.

The report shows that there were cases of unlawful killings, injuries, destruction of properties and vote trading among others.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu stated this in a media launching of a report titled "A Human Rights Assessment of 2019 General Election in Nigeria" put together by the NHRC in collaboration with Human Rights Advancement Development and Advocacy Centre (HURIDAC).

In his remarks, the Executive Director of HURIDAC, Mr. Oyedele Ameen called on the relevant authorities to ensure that those who perpetrated electoral violence which led to loss of lives, injuries and destruction of properties are prosecuted in accordance with the law to serve as deterrent in future elections in Nigeria.

According to the report, destruction of properties ranks highest with about 37% of the total computed during both elections, followed by injuries 25%, political related deaths 19%, politically motivated killings 13%, and extra judicial killings 6%. Also, Security forces were victims in 10% of cases, while they were allegedly perpetrators in 90% of cases involving them.

In terms of Total Incidence of Violence in various states, the report indicates that Kwara state ranks highest with 21% because of high level of destruction of properties, followed by Kaduna state which has 14% because of high level of politically motivated killings. The FCT is ranked third with 12% due to high level of injuries sustained by Police Officers, while Rivers state accounts for 50% of the total incidence of violence.

The report also captures the challenge associated with the Social Media and Elections, Fake News and Hate Speech.

Against the foregoing, the report recommends the following: more assertive communications by INEC, transparent results management, staffing reforms, earlier and more consistent security preparations.

Others are improved internal democracy within political parties and the creation of a specialized Election Offences Commission which will alleviate some risks of violence in forthcoming elections.


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The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was established by NHRC Act 1995 as amended for the promotion, protection, and enforcement of human rights of all Nigerian irrespective sex, ethnic or religious belonging.

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