Friday, 19 September 2014

Nigeria Police Force Refutes Amnesty International Report On Torture

The Nigeria Police Force has denied claims made by Amnesty International that torture is routinely used by Nigeria’s Police and soldiers, saying “there is no Immunity for impunity in Nigeria Police Force”

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights recently released a report titled: ‘Welcome to Hell-Fire’: torture and other ill-treatment in Nigeria’, whereby it highlighted the torture and ill-treatment meted out to suspects over a 7 year period.

In a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the Police denied such claims out rightly and charged Amnesty International to come out with evidence.

While the Nigeria Police and other operators in the criminal justice sector are undergoing systematic reforms, and aligning themselves with the demands of democracy, there is no gain saying the fact that the Nigeria Police Force has since improved its operational efficiency and effectiveness. Since the dawn of democracy in 1999, the Nigeria Police Force has significantly improved on its human rights records, owing largely to training and re-training, community policing, attitudinal change and structural transformation.”

“We crave the indulgence of Amnesty International to, for the first time, furnish the Police with specific details of its allegations to enable us reach the ends of justice for the alleged victims, and to improve our service delivery.”

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