The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that it is illegal for security agencies in the country to parade suspects who have not been convicted.
NHRC Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu disclosed this on Thursday September 8 and further announced that the commission would take a legal action against the police and other agencies involved in the act.
Also revealing that the court had condemned the act of parading pre-trial suspects, Ojukwu asked suspects paraded before trial to petition the commission. He further assurred them that the case 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.