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FG moves to protect citizens from abuse, torture

The Federal Government has presented a consultative draft document on anti torture to identify and penalise cases of torture and other human rights abuses against citizens.

At the presentation in Abuja to mark this year’s International Day Against torture, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami said the administration would continue to implement all international treaties on torture to safeguard the dignity of all citizens.

Represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apkata , Mallam Malami maintained that the government would not accept any reasons from the security agencies in using torture as a means of seeking confessional statements from alleged offenders.

The Chairman National committee Against torture, Dr Sani Ameh said the committee was working closely with relevant agencies to put an end to torture in all detention centres in the country.

The Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu noted that the commission had launched investigation into the alleged cases of torture by men of the special Anti-robbery squad, SARS against innocent citizens in the South-south and the south Eastern region.

Ibrahim Shuaibu/Abuja

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