The US Department of State in its “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017” rated Nigeria low on respect for human rights.
The report stated that even though the Nigerian government tried to investigate alleged cases of human rights infringement and prosecuted some people, impunity is still widespread in the country.
“The government took steps to investigate alleged abuses but fewer steps to prosecute officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government. Impunity remained widespread at all levels of government. The government did not adequately investigate or prosecute most of the major outstanding allegations of human rights violations by the security forces or the majority of cases of police or military extortion or other abuse of power,” the report stated.
The further stated that Nigeria is currently experiencing arbitrary deprivation of life and other unlawful or politically motivated killings, abductions, inhumane treatment in prisons/detention centers, arbitrary arrest/detention, and so on.
“The most significant human rights issues included extrajudicial and arbitrary killings; disappearances and arbitrary detentions; torture, particularly in detention facilities, including sexual exploitation and abuse; use of children by some security elements, looting, and destruction of property; civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy evidence; denial of fair public trial; executive influence on the judiciary; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights; restrictions on freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and movement; official corruption; lack of accountability in cases involving violence against women and children, including female genital mutilation/cutting and sexual exploitation of children; trafficking in persons; early and forced marriages; criminalization of status and same-sex sexual conduct based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and forced and bonded labour," the report stated.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that Transparency International released Corruption Perception Index for 2017 with Nigeria dropping 12 places to 148.
This is worse than the country’s position of 136 out of `80 countries it was ranked in 2016.
The report is coming even as President Muhammadu Buhari is channeling efforts towards fighting corruption in the country.
Nigeria scored 27% and is on 148th spot with Cosmoros and Guinea. Botswana was ranked the least corrupt country in Africa with 61% and occupies 34th position.
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