A group, Sterling Law Centre, which is like a forum for human rights has called security agencies in Nigeria to stop the use of torture and ill-treatment of detainees and how they just put people in a cell without proper investigation.
The group in a declaration by its Executive Director, Wuyep Desire, said that torture in police custody had been normalised to the extent that people get scared of reporting a case to the police station or even trusting the police while those involved in criminal investigation receive it as an inevitable and sometimes regular part of their work.
Desire said that despite the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act in 2017, torment and torture, as well as other forms of cruel inhuman and degrading treatment, was still being employed as a tool of investigation by security agencies and they even boast about it and tell you they will walk away and no one can stop them.
The group said the Nigerian state had failed victims of torture for too long and so many innocent people have been tied to a case because of the way they were torture they just had to admit to the crime so the pain would go away.
The announcement reads, “As the world marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, we at Sterling Law Centre find it reasonable to seize the assistance that the day presents to call for complete end to suffering. We also call on all men and women of good conscience in our dear nation to spare a minute to imagine the horrors that are inflicted upon our people every day at the hands of the police and other law enforcement agencies.
“Examples of violence used include systematic beatings, head-banging, use of wrinkle butts, forceful uprooting of nails and jumping on the stomach; and those most vulnerable to police torture are usually from marginalised sections of society, including students, job seekers, daily-wage workers Gender-based domestic workers. Gender-based violence is also evident in reports of police torture, with accounts of rape, sexual attack and humiliation of female suspects.
“The Nigerian constitution explicitly makes the right to independence from torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading therapy a non-negotiable right, while the Anti-Torture Act, 2017 clearly criminalises torture and protects victims and witnesses of torture. We call on the AGF and other stakeholders to work towards full implementation of the Act and to put in place mechanism to ensure compliance so as to completely eliminate torture in Nigeria.
“State Erling Law Centre wants to take the liberty of this significant day to playback the need to establish a truly independent and external structure to investigate incidences of torture and deal with complaints of victims. Together we can kill the monster that torture is.”
The Nigerian Police has continued to torture and put innocent lives at risk, true been told im not sure anyone like the police department in this country but it can be amended change can be done, as the Human Rights company continues to fight this invisible battle