VICTIMS DAY: NHRC Boss, Ojukwu Urges Security Operatives to Adopt Human-Face at Duties

By Shola Akingboye, 29th May, 2021

Marking the 2021 National Day of Mourning and Remembrance of Victims of Mass Atrocities (NDMRVMA), the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Tony Ojukwu Esq, has again enjoins all Nigerians law enforcement agencies particularly the Nigeria Police Force to rejig strategies and fish out all criminals and enemies of the state who are continually fueling insecurity, ethnic and religious violence, killings, kidnappings, sexual and gender based violence in order to restore citizens confidence in them.

Ojukwu made the statement in Abuja while commemorating the 2021 NDMRVMA, he noted that the festering criminalities as stated above are gross violations of the fundamental human rights of citizens, which the government at all levels must rise up and tackle head on, according to a statement by the Commission.

He said this year’s remembrance of NDMRVMA is an avenue to remind government of its primary purpose which is the security and welfare of the citizenry as enshrined in section 14 (2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.

The Chief Human Rights Officer in Nigeria regretted that of recent “ethno-religious conflicts, armed banditry, kidnapping, cattle rustling, land disputes and tensions between pastoralists and farmers resulting in loss of lives and displacements have unfortunately become the order of the day.

“It is on this note the Commission is pressing for a stronger national response, because it seems there is no end to the cycle of escalated violence which is fuelled by impunity, given that perpetrators are rarely brought to justice”, the Executive Secretary stated.

The NHRC Scribe observed that mass atrocities in the country have increased the level of poverty, non-access to education, sexual and gender-based violence, non-access to clean water and sanitation, healthcare, poor access to Justice and serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

Against the foregoing, he called on the government and the law enforcement agencies to as a matter of necessity explore new strategies to curb the rising criminalities, as well as strengthen all institutions involved in providing security in the country and also ensure accountability for mass atrocities in Nigeria.

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