The National Human Rights Commission has directed it’s staff to monitor and document all cases of human rights violations during COVID-19 pandemic lockdown across the country for necessary action.
The directive is against the backdrop of reported cases of human rights violations by security operatives enforcing government directives on COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu, urged members of the public to report by telephone calls or text messages or video to relevant staff of the Commission and ensure that such reports include the location of the violation, date, time of such violations including a clear description of alleged violators and their victims, their gender and vulnerability (if possible, name, Sex, rank and security outfit of security personnel (s) or official (s).
The Commission listed the two states of Lagos and Ogun as well as the FCT where the Federal Government on 29th March gave directives for a two weeks’ lockdown over the COVID-19 for close monitoring.
According to the Commission, any complaints of human rights violations should be reported to the commission for documentation and be directed for redress to the Commissioners of police of the three areas which include: CP FCT- 08033438900; CP Lagos- 08033438179 and CP OGUN- 08033438900
Similarly, the Commission said any complaints of violations involving the Military should be reported to the Commission for documentation and be directed for redress to the Director Army, Civil Military Affairs -08057750691.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission further urged members of the public to report all cases of human rights violations to the Commissioners of police of the various states and the offices of the Commission across the country .
Reports indicate that some security operatives were openly torturing and violating the rights of citizens in flagrant disregard to rules of their engagements, the laws of Nigeria and its international Obligations.
Consequently, the NHRC has designated numbers for reporting and documenting human rights violations during the implementation of Covid-19 Regulations as follows: 08037875427, 08179371339, 08034354537, and 07033398657,
The Commission urged public and bystanders and eyewitnesses who can get video coverage of any violations to forward same to the said numbers by WhatsApp giving as much detail as possible to help locate and hold accountable violating law enforcement officials.