Human Rights Commission to launch public inquiry into demolitions across Nigeria

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The Nigerian commission will check the desirability of guidelines to address demolitions.

The National Human Rights Commission has resolved to inquire into demolitions and allegations of forced evictions across Nigeria.

This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of the Commission’s 2nd 2013 statutory meeting held in Minna recently.

The Commission also resolved to consider the desirability of a set of guidelines or policy recommendations to address demolitions and forced evictions in Nigeria.

While noting that the issue of the bloated corpses floating on Ezu River in Anambra State last January was “tragic and deeply embarrassing;” the Commission further resolved to launch consultations into extra judicial killings in the country.

A three day retreat with the theme ‘Institution Building for Credible Public Service in Nigeria – Challenges for the National Human Rights Commission,’ preceded the statutory meeting.

The retreat brought together major stakeholders on human rights promotion and protection including former executive secretaries of the commission, Muhammed Tabiu and Bukhari Bello.

The retreat, declared open by Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, also had in attendance Kola Belgore, Chairman of Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria; Tony Maidoh, Registrar of ECOWAS Court; Yemi Ademolekun of Enough is Enough; and representatives of Department for Investment and Development, Ford Foundation, and the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse.

The retreat discussed how to set the goals of the commission, the appropriate business model, as well as how to reposition the Commission as a leading credible institution in Nigeria.

A communiqué, signed by Bem Angwe, the Commission’s Executive Secretary, issued at the end of the meeting authorized the secretariat of the Commission to invite memoranda in line with terms of reference to be published.

The next Governing Council meeting will be held in Lagos from April 25 to 27.

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