SAFE TEAM EXECUTES ADVOCACY VISITS AND TRAININGS IN LAGOS STATE
The SAFE project which is implemented in three States in Nigeria: Enugu, Lagos and Kaduna, targets advocacy for the protection of human rights of people. The project is executed by ASF France, CAPIO, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). Specifically, the project aims to address issues of torture, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention by security agents in Nigeria. Besides sensitizing the stakeholders including security agencies, CSOs and the media on ways to protect human rights, it will also seek redress for victims of human rights abuses in the target States.
The Project team commenced activities in 2020 with advocacy visits to stakeholders in Lagos State. The visit took place as follows:
(i) Nigerian Correctional Service, Legal Aid Council of Nigeria and the National Human Rights Commission head offices were visited on the 27th January 2020.
(ii) National Union of Journalists, Ministry of Justice were visited on the 28th January 2020
(iii) Nigeria Police Force and the Lagos State Judiciary on the 29th January 2020
All Stakeholders visited, pledged their support for the project and are happy to work with the team in all future activities in the State.
Also, the SAFE team conducted trainings for Security Agencies, Media and CSOs Practitioners. The trainings took place as follows:
- Media and CSOs practitioners training held on 20th and 21st of February 2020. Various representatives of human rights organizations and media houses were in attendance. It featured presentations, group works, interactions and role-plays on issues of torture, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention.
- Security agencies training took place on the 24th – 26th of February 2020. It concentrated on the role of security agents in averting abuse of human rights. Representatives of various security agencies including the Army, Police, National Civil Defense Corps and Nigerian Immigration Service among others participated.
Thereafter, stakeholders in the Criminal Justice System in Lagos State participated in a Roundtable which held on the 27th of February 2020. The purpose was to assess the situation of human rights abuses in the State and plan for the way forward. The stakeholders agreed to adopt and implement a number of recommendations to reduce the incidences of torture, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention in Lagos State, Nigeria.