Amnesty Int’l moves against torture in Nigeria

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Nigeria’s arm of the Amnesty International, at the weekend in Abuja, led a sensitisation on how to avoid torture by security operatives.
Dubbed “Stop Torture Project”, the event also featured panel discussion on how victims of torture could seek legal redress.
In a statement made available to newsmen by the organisation’s media manager in Nigeria, Isa Sanusi, Amnesty International also saidthe event was attended by leaders of various groups of Mpape community, including a victim of torture who narrated his ordeal tothe gathering.
The statement quoted the organisation’s director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, as saying, “Such community outreach programmes will continue to expand ways of addressing torture in Nigeria.”
The project coordinator, Onyinye Onyemobi, also said the stop torture project being implemented across Nigeria, was aimed at empowering individuals and communities to deal with torture.
“In the last two-years of this project, Amnesty International and partners have stood between the torturers and the tortured in Nigeria. Through this project, Amnesty International Nigeria and partners have ensured that people who have been detained get to see their families, lawyers and receive medical care,” the statement said.

Amnesty Int’l moves against torture in Nigeria Amnesty Int’l moves against torture in Nigeria
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