Human Rights Report: NHRC denies indicting presidency, others

National Human Right Commission, NHRC logo

The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, on Thursday said its draft of report on North-East Human Rights Assessment did not in any way indict the presidency or any federal or state government official.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the commission, Oti Ovrawah, stated this at a news conference in Abuja.

Ms. Ovrawah said that the report was purely an assessment of the humanitarian challenges in the North-east, and that it did not also indict former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

“The report is an assessment and study of human rights and humanitarian challenges in the North-East of Nigeria.

“This is with a view to shaping the policies of government, international organisations and other stakeholders in consolidating the interventions in the region,” she said.

According to her, the report only makes reference to previous reports of other stakeholders to enrich its assessment of the situation on ground in the region.

The acting executive secretary added that the report did not state that Boko Haram insurgents still occupied territories in the North-east as at the time of consultation with stakeholders.

She added that the report was not yet a public document as it was still undergoing validation, noting that consultations among stakeholders had been commended by federal and state officials and civil society organisations.

Ms. Ovrawah explained that the clarification became necessary following media reports suggesting that the draft assessment report indicted the presidency and others for diverting funds meant for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The draft report, which was compiled by NHRC officials with support from the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, was presented to the media and other stakeholders on Tuesday.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility


Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD: To place a text-based advert here. Call Willie - +2347088095401

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.