15 July 2021 By Victoria Abah.
The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to end all forms of torture and other degrading human treatment of alleged victims of crime.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice in Nigeria, Mr. Dayo Apata gave the assurance at an event to mark this year’s UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
He said Government would ensure all accused persons in the country are treated fairly and with dignity during trials and after conviction.
Though technical reasons caused the delay in this year’s commemoration in Nigeria, Mr. Apata said, the country’s readiness to the fight against torture and other forms of degrading treatments could be seen in the anti-torture act of 2017, which was signed into law on the 29th December 2017.
According to him, this was an outstanding legislation with the sole objective of prohibiting punishment of torture and other forms of cruel and degrading treatments in Nigeria.
On 12TH December 1997, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 26 June, as International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with a view to eradicate torture, and the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The theme for this year is ; Torture is a crime against humanity.