The Nigerian Human Rights Commission has issued directives to its staff to report all erring law enforcement agents engaging in human rights violation in the course of enforcing citizens’ compliance on the ongoing COVIID-19 regulations.
This came as a result of reported cases of human rights violations by security operatives enforcing government’s directives on COVID-19.
According to a media release through the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu Esq, members of the public are directed to report by telephone calls or text messages or video to relevant staff of the commission and ensure that such reports include the location of the violation, date, time of such violations including a clear description of alleged violators and their victims, indicating also their gender and vulnerability (if possible, name, sex, rank and security outfit of security personnel or official(s)).
The Commission listed the two states of Lagos and Ogun as well as the FCT where the Federal Government on 29th March gave directives for a 2-week lockdown over the COVID-19 for close monitoring.
“Any complaints of human rights violations should be reported to the commission for documentation and further actions.”
The Commission directed that redress would be sought on behalf of the victims in collaboration with the police highest authority.
NHRC further assured that such reports would reach the Commissioners of Police of the three areas with urgency.
Similarly, any complaints of violations involving the Military should be reported to the Commission for documentation and directed for redress to the Director Army, Civil Military Affairs..
The statement also called on members of the public to report all cases of human rights violations to the Commissioners of police of the various states and the offices of the Commission across the country .
It will be recalled that the NHRC had on the 30th of March, 2020 following FG directives on COVID-19 called on law enforcement agencies to refrain from all forms of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment of Nigerians in the implementation of the directives of the government in line with the Anti Torture Act of 2017 and Convention Against Torture, to which Nigeria is a party.
Reports indicate that some security operatives were openly torturing and violating the rights of citizens in flagrant disregard to rules of their engagements, the laws of Nigeria and its international obligations.