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NHRC probes 1,643,018 complaints of human rights violations

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From Lateef Taiwo

The National Human Rights Commission said out of the 2,314,440 complaints received in 2022, it investigated and concluded 1,643,018 complaints representing 70.99 per cent.

This was disclosed in its 2022 annual report sighted by our Reporter .

The complaints it probes are categorised into five, namely: civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, women and children, vulnerable groups and developmental rights/emerging human rights.

Out of the 2,314,440 complaints received, Rivers, Kaduna, Delta, Imo, Niger, Ebonyi, Lagos, and Sokoto states received the highest number of complaints, with Rivers State topping the list at 275,057 complaints, Kaduna got the second highest complaints of 242,220; while Delta got 222,398 complaints, as the third.

Also, Imo recorded 185,314 complaints; Niger, 149,155; Ebonyi, 136,685; Lagos, 120,783; Sokoto, 105,209; Bauchi, 94,753; Abia, 72,318; Kwara, 71,719; Federal Capital Territory (headquarters), 66,110; Adamawa, 65,456; Kano, 59,738; Oyo, 39,698; Edo, 38,827; Enugu, 27,827; and Plateau State, 26,357.

Others include: Kogi, 24,995; Katsina, 23,688; Taraba, 22,436; Jigawa, 20,094; Gombe, 22,000; Zamfara, 17,970; Ondo, 17,753; Akwa Ibom, 17,698; Cross River, 16,936; Bayelsa, 16,337; Kebbi, 14,866; Anambra, 14,267; Benue, 12,253; Nasarawa, 12,253; Ekiti, 12,035; Yobe, 11,926; Borno, 10,837; and Ogun, received 10,183 complaints.

In addition to the above, the Abuja Metropolitan Office and Osun State got less than 10,000 complaints, with Osun State also taking the rear as the state with the least number of complaints at 7,243 complaints.

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The document revealed that the “commission received a total of 478,610 complaints in the first quarter of 2022, while 779,543 complaints were received in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the complaints profile rose to 781,156 complaints but dropped by a wide margin to 275,131 complaints in the fourth quarter.

“A total of 2,314,380 were found admissible, while 60 were inadmissible in line with the rules of procedure.

“It further revealed that a total of 1,643,018 complaints were concluded and 671,362 complaints were ongoing,” NHRC said.

It further revealed that complaints regarding quality of life issues topped the list with 567,160 complaints, while child rights issues followed with 388,700 complaints. The lowest figures recorded for rights of the aged, 80 cases followed at a far distance by freedom of religion with 2,080 cases

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Nasarawa APC tackles self acclaimed Tinubu Youths group, gives police Affairs minister clean bill of record

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By David Odama

Nasarawa APC Thursday tackled youth group they described as faceless group belong to president Bola Ahmed Tinubu support group who have been canvassing for the minister’s replacement.

This is even as they have risen in defence of the minister of police, Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim given her a clean bill of record.

The party during it’s meeting in Lafia rejected the call by the faceless group masquerading as Tinubu Youth Ambassador seeking for the replacement of the Minister

The State Working Committee (SWC) of the APC in a statement signed by the Nasarawa State Secretary of the party, Yaruis G. Dagusa, issued to City Post dismissed as malicious, allegations leveled against the minister by the group.

The SWC said in the statement that the Tinubu Youth Ambassador is only out to spread falsehood aimed at sowing discord within the APC.

While restating its confidence in the Minister, the party described Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as a committed and dedicated member who is doing her best to see the APC succeed at both the state and national levels.

“Her relationship with the party is excellent. She has executed various empowerment programmes benefiting numerous underprivileged individuals across the state. Additionally, she has facilitated employment for many Nasarawa State indigenes in Federal institutions and agencies,” the party stated.

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The statement added “rather than paying heed to the call by the faceless Tinubu Youth Ambassador, that was only acting out of envy and malice, Hajiya Sulaiman-Ibrahim should be commended for ensuring that Nasarawa State receives its due share in the federation”.

The SWC therefore called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, party members, as well as the general public to disregard the false accusations laid against the Minister of State for Police Affairs by the group.

“The Tinubu Youth Ambassador lacks credibility and cannot speak for the party, as its existence is unknown at any level of our well structured party,” the statement added.

The party reaffirmed its firmed loyalty, support for the Minister saying that it would not be swayed by a baseless, malicious attack while also calling on the general public to disregard the attempt to tarnish the hard earned image of the minister.

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Rep Osonwa Commends Army For Addressing Harassment Of Motorists, Commuters Within His Constituency

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The member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Ibe Okwara Osonwa has commended the Nigerian Army for addressing the issues of harassment, intimidation,
of motorists and commuters traversing highways within his constituency.

Chief Osonwa had on Sunday called on security agencies in Abia State to immediately halt the extortion, intimidation, and harassment of motorists and commuters traversing highways within his constituency.

In a statement he signed on Wednesday, Osonwa said information made available to him is that the “walkthrough check and harassment by the military has ceased”.

Osonwa applauded the Brigade Commander, 14 Brigade Nigeria Army, Brigadier General Olusola Diya for his swift response to end the “dehumanising checks”.

He said: “I have been updated that the walkthrough check and harassment by the military personnel in Ohafia and all the way through to Bende has ceased. I would want to use this opportunity to thank Brig. General Diya for his swift response, even yesterday when I called to tell him of a report I got about the checkpoint at the LGA Secetriate and placing a 3-Way call with a direct witness, he was swift to direct a stop of this dehumanising checks.

“While I understand their cautious approach, I do think that checks can be done in a more respectable manner considering where there has not been any recent provocation to warrant the act.

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“I again plead with our people to continue to maintain the atmosphere of peace that we enjoy and thank everyone else for their efforts to maintain this peace.”

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Economy : Group urges Nigerians to resist all forms of protests

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The National Progressive Coalition (NPC)has appealed to Nigerians to resist any form of protest against the nation, saying that protesting was not the solution to current economic challenges.

Convener of NPC Mr Awwal Wakilli made the appeal at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Wakilli in a speech titled “Why we say no to protest ” said Nigeria as graint of Africa was a leading nation in the continent.

He said there was need for Nigerians to firmly believe and strongly support a united, stable and prosperous nation.

According to him, it is important for any group to reconsider the idea of protest and allow dialogue to settle the issues in the country amicably.

He said : “we acknowledge there are problems facing us as a nation, but we must deploy appropriate measures and means to address our issues.

“Every constituency in Nigeria has representatives from the wards, local governments,State Assemblies and the National Assembly.

“We must not lose hope and confidence in our representatives at various levels. ”

He urged Nigerians especially the youths should not allow miscreants to unleash mayhem at these trying times of the nation.

He said the previous protests was still fresh in the minds of Nigerians, following the wanton destruction, displacement and agony experienced.

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“Many properties and lives were lost, we must give peace a chance.

“Two wrongs, do not make a right it is worthy to note that , liberty without discipline leads to anarchy.

According to him, many develop countries who embarked on protest to vent their grievances got stocked without an exit strategy.

He said although Nigeria was experiencing challenges, he, however said the government was doing its very best to address the pressing issues.

“We must give our maximum understanding, cooperation, support and solidarity to promote good governance to consolidate our democrасу.

“We must engage and adopt appropriate approach that will promote peace, stability and prosperity.”

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