NHRC Records Highest Number of Rights Abuse Complaints in April 2024, Government Agents Top Offenders

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nigeria has released its Human Rights Assessment Dashboard for April 2024, revealing a total of 19,470 complaints of rights abuse, with the highest number of complaints filed against government agents.
The dashboard, unveiled on Friday in Abuja, indicated that 5,259 complaints were brought against state actors, including the police, the military, and other security agencies.
The NHRC dashboard also revealed that the month of April saw 4,317 complaints related to domestic violence and 1,457 complaints concerning violations of children’s rights.
Non-state actors were the subject of 2,877 complaints, while private sector actors faced 1,063 complaints.
Additionally, there were 110 complaints concerning the violation of the right to life and 136 complaints made by persons with disabilities.
The geographical distribution of human rights abuse complaints showed that the North-Central region had the highest number of cases, followed by the North-East and North-West.
The South-West and the South-East regions reported fewer cases, while the South-South recorded the least number of rights abuse complaints in April 2024.
The top 10 states with rights abuse complaints in April were Borno, Kano, Plateau, Taraba, Lagos, Kaduna, Bauchi, Osun, Abia, and Rivers.
The main violators of human rights, as per the complaints received by the NHRC, were the Nigerian Police, parents, the military, private sector actors, and bandits/militia groups.
The NHRC expressed concern over the disturbing rise in violations of children’s rights, with 491 complaints of child abandonment and 21 reports of child marriage recorded in April 2024.
The April dashboard highlighted several incidents of mass killings and cult killings in various states, such as Anambra, Plateau, and Enugu.
In light of these developments, the NHRC urged the government and security agencies to protect lives and properties, particularly in educational institutions.
The commission also condemned the indiscriminate arrests and prolonged detention of Nigerians and expressed concern over the increasing attacks on journalists and press freedom.
Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, SAN, stated that the monthly human rights assessment dashboard is a vital tool for monitoring, investigating, and reporting on human rights in real time on a national scale.
He added that the dashboard provides insights into the human rights landscape in Nigeria and offers opportunities for collaboration in addressing emerging challenges.
The NHRC hopes that the dashboard will assist the Nigerian government in fulfilling its obligations to national, regional, and international human rights instruments and mechanisms.
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