The Strategic Plan of the NHRC 2019-2022 seeks to strengthen the operations of the Commission in line with its expanded mandate enshrined in the National Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Act 2010 as the foremost national institution for the promotion and protection of all human rights guaranteed by the Constitution, other national laws, regional and international legal instruments on human rights".

The report of the Rapid Institutional Assessment (RIA) carried out by the Bureau for Public Service Reforms in 2017identified some of the challenges that have hindered the Commission from effectively carrying out its functions and made robust recommendations to address the challenges. This coincided with the appointment of a new Executive Secretary with a vision and drive to reposition the Commission. Accordingly, the current administration accepted to implement the recommendations of the RIA Report among which is the development of a Strategic Plan”.

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic across the world has created unprecedented challenges to governance and the enjoyment of human rights. Across Africa and the developing world, COVID-19 has created an emergency humanitarian and human rights situation, especially in countries with little investments in the health sector. The pandemic has further exposed the underlying issues of inequalities and poverty which hitherto have had roots within and across countries".

In response to the pandemic, governments and health authorities have imposed restrictions on movements and assemblies which have had massive impacts on national and global economies. The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has made efforts at containing the virus. At national and state levels, governments have put in place financial and institutional measures such as setting up testing infrastructures, Treatment Centres, initiated processes towards identifying a vaccine for the cure of the virus and instituting cash transfer and palliatives for the poor and needy”.

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President Muhammadu Buhari in a Press Statement on 13th April 2020, extended the Lockdown period for 14 more days effective 13th – 27th April 2020. The lockdown period was further extended from 27th April to 4th May, 2020.

This report therefore documents the various incidents of human rights violation allegedly perpetrated by security agencies and other actors during the extended lockdown period commencing from 13th April to 4th May, 2020.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Office of the Acting President, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, GCON, SAN, requested the National Human Rights Commission to constitute a Panel on the Reform of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) on 15th August, 2018. This followed the wide public outcry against the alleged human rights abuses by officers of SARS across the country.

The NHRC inaugurated the panel on 28th August, 2018 with the mandate to investigate, make recommendations and advice government on the reform of SARS and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). The Panel had three months to accomplish its assignment.

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