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Stakeholders Urged To Fight Against Torture, Human Rights Abuses

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Nigerians have been advised to desist from every form of human rights abuses and torture in the interest of the country.

The Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Beatrice Jeda-Agba gave the advice at a forum in Abuja, to mark the 2023 international day in support of victims of torture.

Mrs Jeda-Agba said the forum was aimed at putting the necessary legal framework in place to ensure that Nigeria lives up to the international obligations under the united nations convention against torture and other forms of inhuman, cruel and degrading treating to tackle the menace in the country.

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The solicitor general who was represented by the prosecutor general of the federation, Mr Mohammed Babadogo said the forum was to express solidarity for victims of torture and their families to reaffirm the need for global rehabilitation for all victims of such abuses.

The Director, Monitoring Department of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr Benedict Agu, said the National Committee on torture according to section 54 of the 1999 constitution as amended kicked against human torture adding that a sensitization program was needed to finding a lasting solution to torture, cruelty and degrading treatment in the country.

He however called on stakeholders to fight against the perpetrators and make them face the full wrath of the law.

He also called on security agencies to fight against ills in the society for nation building.

In a keynote address, the Director General of the Legal Aid Council, LAC, Aliyu Abubakar pointed out that for torture to be eradicated the perpetrators have to be brought to book to serve as deterrents to others if not the situation would persist.

He added that adequate funding should be made available to eradicate torture so that Nigeria can be taken seriously in the fight against torture.

Garry Ochigbo, Edited By Grace Namiji

Written by: Bukky Alabi

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