It’s unconstitutional to parade suspects – NHRC
According to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), it is against the law for security agencies to parade suspects in the country who have not been convicted.
Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of the NHRC, disclosed the information on Thursday September 8, and also announced that the commission would file a lawsuit against the police and any other agencies involved in this act.
Ojukwu also revealed that the court had condemned the practice of parading pre-trial suspects and asked them to petition the commission. Ojukwu assured them that the case would would be taken up.
“Unfortunately, we discovered that people whose rights have been violated in such manner, they walk away and forget everything once they are released on bail.
“Let me put it on record that anybody who has suffered that kind of treatment can approach the commission and together, we will follow up the case till we get justice.
“However, if after someone has been paraded and the person walks away without pursuing the case, it becomes impossible to tackle the person’s case.”
Ojukwu also said the commission would work with stakeholders to ensure that journalists were protected.