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National Human Rights Commission Releases Instrument Establishing Working Group On Arbitrary & Ungazetted Places of Detention

GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

5th 2013 STATUTORY MEETING

HOLDEN AT ABUJA, 9-10 December 2013

 INSTRUMENT ESTABLISHING WORKING GROUP ON ARBITRARY & UNGAZETTED PLACES OF DETENTION IN NIGERIA

1          BACKGROUND

Section 6(1)(d) of the National Human Rights Commission Act (as amended) (hereafter referred to as “the Act”) empowers the Commission to, among other things, visit persons, police cells and other places of detention in order to ascertain the conditions thereof and make recommendations to the appropriate authorities.

 

Rule 26 of the Standing Orders and Rules of Procedure (hereafter referred to as “STORP”) regulating the working methods of the Governing Council, empower it to constitute “such Committees, Working Groups, Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts, Advisory groups or such other special procedures or mechanisms as it may consider appropriate.

 

2          ESTABLISHMENT AND COMPOSITION OF WORKING GROUP

At its Fourth Regular Session 29-30 October, the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission considered the practice of arbitrary and ungazetted places of detention in Nigeria and decided, in exercise of its powers under the Act and the STORP to constitute a Working Group of Council to investigate, examine and report on this. The Working Group shall comprise:

 

(a)  Alhaji Ibrahim Nikau –                                                                    Chair

(b)  Mrs. Rita Ifeyinwa Njokanma –                                                   Member

(c)  Mrs. Eugenia Abu                                                                           Member

(d)  Mr. D.O.C. Ezeigwe                                                                       Member

(e)  Prof. Bem Angwe –                                                             Member/Secretary

 

 

 

 

3          TERMS OF REFERENCE

The terms of reference of the Working Group shall be to undertake the following tasks, that is to:

 

(a)  receive, investigate and examine any information, complaint, petition or allegation relating to arbitrary or ungazetted places of detention in Nigeria;

(b)  visit, inspect, or examine any premises or place operated by any person, institution or entity and used for the purpose of detaining persons under any guise or excuse;

(c)  seek and, if necessary, compel and inspect from the persons operating any places of detention, the bases or legal authority under which such places are operated;

(d)  verify the number of persons detained in such places and the conditions under which they are detained;

(e)  be governed in the conduct of its work by the Act and the STORP and by such other methods of work as may subsequently be authorized by Council;

(f)   co-opt such other persons or expertise as may be necessary for the due performance of the tasks;

(g)  submit a report to the Governing Council of the NHRC embodying its findings, conclusions and recommendations not later than the end of April 2013;

(h)  undertake such other tasks as may be necessary for or incidental to the realization of these terms of reference.

 

ADOPTED BY COUNCIL & DATED in Abuja this 9th Day of December  2013

Read more on the session here: Governing Council Of National Human Rights Meets, Treats 40 Cases of Human Rights Violation http://omojuwa.com/2013/12/governing-council-of-national-human-rights-meets-treats-40-cases-of-human-rights-violation/ via @omojuwa

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