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NHRC COMMITTED TO TACKLING CHILD DETENTION----OJUKWU

Posted: 2019-09-11


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is committed to bringing to a closure the issues of child detention in some military facilities and other detention centres in the country.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq stated this in Abuja when a delegation of Human Rights Watch led by it's Nigerian Researcher, Anietie Ewang paid a courtesy visit to the Commission. Ojukwu regretted that some children who are victims of Boko Haram attacks in various communities in the North East end up in military detention facilities.

The Executive Secretary however noted that it is not every child arrested by the military in the Boko Haram ravaged communities that is innocent. The activities of Boko Haram according to him has exposed alot of children to dangerous situation necessitating the need to build the capacities of the military to be able to conduct effective and efficient profiling of all detainees especially children.

According to Ojukwu, it is necessary to avoid violating the rights of children who are merely victims of Boko Haram attacks otherwise they will needlessly become double victims.

The Executive Secretary informed the visiting delegation that trial of alleged Boko Haram members is yet to commence at Giwa barracks and that the NHRC/UNHCR committee monitored the trial of members of the terrorist group at Kainji Barracks which according to him was 75% accomplished.

Earlier, the Human Rights Watch Nigerian Researcher, Ewang said they were in the Commission to guage the efforts of the Commission at ensuring that detention of chidren as a result of insurgency or other reasons are addressed accordingly.

She opined that Nigeria is among the list of countries with the highest rate of child detention in the word, saying that they expect the Commission to dissipate more energy in ensuring the protection of the rights of this vulnerable group in the society


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NHRC COMMITTED TO TACKLING CHILD DETENTION----OJUKWU


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is committed to bringing to a closure the issues of child detention in some military facilities and other detention centres in the country.
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Overall Goal (the Agenda):

To build a nation with a culture of respect for human rights.

1. Introduction:

One of the standards for measuring a developed society is the quantum of respect for human rights in the conduct of national affairs. Tell me how a people respect and protect the human rights of their people and others and I can tell you their level of development, it is said.
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