We suffer from lack of funding – FG Anti-Torture Committee

the National Committee Against Torture (NCAT), a government body leading the government’s efforts to stamp out torture in Nigeria, is underfunded, its chairman, Sanni Ameh, said on Tuesday. Mr. Ameh, a senior Nigerian lawyer, said his committee’s activities are hampered by a lack of funds. “The committee is unable to meet, properly investigate and even submit regular reports to the United Nations due to lack of funds,” the lead lawyer said at a technical consultation on achieving zero tolerance for torture held in Abuja. The event was organized by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) and Lawyers Without Borders France in preparation for the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture 2022. Ameh said his committee rarely receives complaints from Nigerians because they prefer not to be questioned than to file a complaint. He said, however, that torture had been abolished in the country’s prisons as a result of the efforts of his committee. He also stated that victims of torture should be compensated, as victims frequently complained that they did not receive compensation for their complaints and accusations of torture. ‘Reform on the way’ The Director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mohammed Abubakar, who represented the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), said that the AGF office was working on restructuring the anti-torture committee to achieve optimal performance. According to him, the reform would give the committee independence and would also free up funds for its advertising. Technical consultation to achieve zero tolerance for torture Lawyers Without Borders France and RoLAC convened a two-day meeting of local experts and heads of security agencies with the aim of putting the 2017 Anti-Torture Law into effect. They also aimed to assess the NCAT mandate, identify funding sources and develop a work plan to strengthen measures against torture. The participants in the event discussed the implementation of the Law against Torture, as well as the efforts that have been made to implement it and the challenges that have arisen. Keynote speaker Chidi Odinkalu, former chairman of the governing council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said in his presentation that “Nigeria as a country condones torture and does nothing to stop it.” “Torture was not a crime in Nigeria until 2017, but it was a crime to torture animals, and even after 5 years, the law against torture has not been enforced,” he said. Torture, according to Mr. Odinkalu, is a resilient atrocity that must be addressed constructively and accepted as a problem to be solved. He described Nigeria as a country that condones torture. But the representatives of the Nigerian Police Force and the Attorney General of the Federation rejected the complaint. Ohiozoba Ehiede, representative of the Police Legal Affairs Commissioner, said the police frown on torture and are doing everything they can to prevent it. “The police do not observe how torture is carried out. True, that is happening, but we are doing everything possible to stop it because there is a regulation, ”he explained. the judge speaks Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye, a judge at the Kogi State High Court, Lokoja, argued that many people, including judges, are unaware of the Anti-Torture Law. READ ALSO: Court grants permission to MRA to sue AGF for implementation of the Law against Torture Mr. Omolaye-Ajileye said from his experience and research, those who know the law do not use it in criminal cases. According to him, he conducted a survey of 15 magistrates’ courts in Kogi state and found that none of the judges had ever invoked the statutory provision in a criminal case. He added that 13 of the judges said they had never heard of the law. He said that the adjudicators in the country had not been fully informed about the Law and that they needed to be sufficiently sensitized. Other participants in the event include representatives from Access to Justice, Amnesty International, the British Council, the Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Center and The Prisoners Rehabilitation & Welfare Action. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; We suffer from lack of funding – FG Anti-Torture Committee