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SEE YOURSELF AS WORKING UNDER A CIVIL AUTHORITY - ES Charges Security Operatives

Posted: 2019-05-27


Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq has called on security agencies to see themselves as workers under civil authority and work to protect and not to antagonize. According to the Executive Secretary, security operatives should always have at the back of their minds that they are dealing with human beings with basic rights that cannot be taken away easily without the pronouncement of the Court of competent jurisdiction. There will be consequences he warned" if you choose to violate human rights in the course of your duties"

Ojukwu was speaking at the two day training programme for Law Enforcement Agencies In the Implementation of Petty Offences Project in Abuja put together by PRAWA, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA. The project is aimed at declassifying petty offences in our criminal justice system in line with the principles contained in regional standards of African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (Principles on Decriminalization of Petty Offences in Africa)

The Executive Secretary stressed that the Principles encourage the application of non-custodial actions as alternative to sentencing taking into consideration activities that have great impact on the livelihoods of the poor masses. He regretted that many of the inmates across the nation prisons today are petty offenders most of who are awaiting trial for offences such as vagabond , being idle or disorderly, loitering, begging, hawking or being a nuisance. A good number of these inmates have been held in custody for over a year in flagrant violations of their rights guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, he stressed.

Ojukwu therefore urged the participants to be mindful that they have a responsibility to respect, protect and promote the human rights of every person especially the vulnerable groups.

The two day training programme drew participants from the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, the Nigerian Police, Civil Defence and the DSS.


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