NHRC's REPORT DIDN'T INDICT PRESIDENCY, ex-SGF----Ag ES NHRC

Posted: 2017-11-24


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has debunked media reports that its draft assessment report on the situation in the North East indicted the Presidency, former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal amongst others over alleged diversion of funds meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The Ag Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah rather said "The report is an assessment/study of human rights and humanitarian challenges in the North East of Nigeria with a view to shaping the policies of government, international organizations as well as all relevant stakeholders in consolidating the interventions in the North East".

Acting Head of the Commission stated categorically that the draft North East Human Rights Assessment report does not in any way indict the Presidency, ex-SGF or any other Federal or State government officials or international or national institutions and that it was still going through consultations and validation process among stakeholders before it will be made public.

In the same vein, Mrs. Ovrawah clarified that the draft assessment report did not state that Boko Haram insurgents still occupy territories in the North East as at the time of the consultations with stakeholders.

She however added that the period covered by this report is 2015 to June 2017 and that as at 2015, there were Local Government Areas in the North East occupied by the insurgents.

She urged journalists to avoid sensational headlines that would detract from the objectives of this important assessment even as he enjoined them to remain a veritable partner in the dissemination of objective information and seek clarification when he doubt.


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