CURE-Nigeria in Partnership with THE NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, LAGOS STATE AND THE LAGOS STATE OFFICE of THE PUBLIC DEFENDER WOULD BE ORGANISING A SUMMIT ON JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS, WITH THE THEME – REFORMING JUVENILE JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION IN NIGERIA, ENDING THE DETENTION OF JUVENILES WITH ADULTS ON THE 28TH MARCH, 2019 BY 9:00am at the Conference Hall of the Lagos State Office of the Public
Defenders, 2-8 Iyun Road Stadium/Barracks Bus Stop by Funsho
Williams Avenue, Surulere, Lagos State.
In attendance would be: the Chief Judge, Lagos State, the Attorney General / Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, NBA Chairman, Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, the Controller of Prison, Lagos State, CSO’s working in the Criminal Justice Sector, The Media etc.
Speakers at the event are: Pst Chuks Afujue, DCG Rtd, Mr. Vincent Anigbo, Legal Practitioner and Executive Director, Pro-Skills Consultants, Chief Magistrate, Aje Afunwa. Head, Family Courts, Lagos, Dr. Grace Ijarogbe, Consultant Psychiatrist, Head, Child and Adolescent Centre, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos State.
The Summit promises to be a tool for reformation of the Criminal Justice System of Nigeria,
Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE-Nigeria) a leading organisation on justice reforms and prisoner rehabilitation in Nigeria, organised a 150 man peaceful walk for Criminal Justice/Prison Reforms and Human Rights. The walk began at the Unity Fountain to the National Human Rights Commission where we will delivered a letter to the Executive Secretary and proceeded to the Federal Ministry of Justice to meet with the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
CURE-Nigeria firmly believes that:
– A justice system that is overly punitive and fails to rehabilitate doesn’t make us SAFER!
– Prison congestion poses serious constraints to effective prison administration/management and poses security, health and social threats to society
– Alternatives to incarceration are the way forward!
– The best way to fight crime is to prevent crime by addressing the root causes of crime such as poverty, etc.
Hence, we presented the following point agenda to the Federal Government for reforms in the criminal justice and prison systems in Nigeria.
1. Stop sending lunatics to prisons
2. Stop sending children to adult prisons
3. Remove children from adult prisons now!
4. Stop building prisons, build schools, hospitals, and roads
5. Abolish the death penalty now!
6. Say No to arbitrary arrest and detention
7. Say No to prolong pre-trial detention
8. Protect prisoners’ rights and dignity
9. Say No to torture. Torture is a crime
10. “Prison congestion is a national scandal and embarrassment”
– President Mohammadu Buhari – So take Action!
11. “Our prisons turn human beings into animals”
– V.P Osibanjo – So take Action!
12. Make states pay for upkeep of some inmates
13. Use alternatives to incarceration for non violent offenders, especially pregnant women and nursing mothers
14. Stop sending pregnant women to prisons
15. Stop sending nursing mothers to prisons
16. Reform the borstal institutions now!
17. Stop trying children in adult courts
18. Build family courts for children
19. Improve working conditions for wardens
20. Pay prison officials well
21. #450 is too little to feed an inmate
22. Fight corruption in the prison system
23. Ask police to declare the number of detainees in their detention
24. Ask military to declare the number of detainees in their detention
25. Ask NDLEA to declare the number of detainees in their detention.
A Walk for Criminal Justice/Prison Reforms and Human Rights to highlight prison conditions. The goal is to draw the attention of the Federal and State governments to issues that are of concern to us. Some of these include: congestion, detention of juveniles with adults, detention of lunatics in prisons, the use of prolonged pretrial detention, poor access to health care, poor access to justice, lack of use of alternatives to incarceration, among others. The walk will begin from the Unity Fountain to the NHRC where we will deliver a letter to the ES and proceed to the Federal Ministry of Justice to meet with the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. Together we are Stronger. Date: 13th March, 2019 Time: 11:00am
13th December, 2018, CURE-Nigeria in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission, Nasarawa and Source of Hope Foundation organized a Summit on Criminal Justice Reforms & Human Rights in Nasarawa State, with the theme: The Role of Human Rights and The Rule of Law in the Administration of Criminal Justice System Reforms and prison De-congestion in Nasarawa State. This was held at the Conference hall of the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs, Lafia, Nasarawa State, and present at the summit were – the Coordinator NHRC, Nasarawa –Nor. Chia Shaku, Nasarawa State Chief Judge -Hon. Justice Suleiman Umaru Dikko, Controller of Prisons –Patrick C. Dalyop, Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly –Alhaji Balarabe Abdullahi Ibrahim, Commissioner of Police –Yahaya Bello, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice –Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana, State Coordinator, Legal Aid Council –Hambal A. Mohammed Zubair, NBA Chairman, Nasarawa State Chapter –S.K. Sheltu, NDLEA Commandant Nasarawa State –Samaila Ethan, CSO’s, Media e.t.c.
at the end of the Summit, a Communique was adopted by all participants…
SUMMIT ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN LAFIA, NASSARAWA STATE.
Participants at the summit on Criminal justice and human rights, with the theme: The Role of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Administration of Criminal Justice System and Prison Decongestion in Nasarawa State held on December, 13, 2018 declared:
WHEREAS there are inadequate court in Nasarawa State and the number of awaiting trial inmates are on the increase;
WHEREAS there is lack of manpower and poor funding of the Legal Aid Council to provide legal services for indigent detainees;
WHEREAS there is lack of professionals such as medical doctors and psychiatrics to meet the needs of sick and mentally-ill inmates in prisons in Nasarawa State;
WHEREAS child exploitation, family separation, increase in domestic violence, illiteracy and in adequate family court remain some of the challenges facing the implementation of the Child Right Law in Nasarawa State;
WHEREAS culture, religion, stigma, and increased interference of traditional rulers, remains a challenge in reporting rape and other forms of abuses of the girl child to the appropriate authorities in accordance with the law;
WHEREAS implementation of existing laws remain a challenge
BE IT RESOLVED
That we affirm that the prisons in Nasarawa State require urgent decongestion and recommend that there should be interventions from the Government, Judiciary, Police and other Stakeholders to achieve this.
That we recommend that there is proper investigation by police before and after arrest, and that the Legal System in Nasarawa State strongly encouragecompliance with the Child Right Law in all matters affecting children inNasarawa State;
That the NPS should recruit and post professionals such as medical doctors and psychiatrics to Nasarawa State.
We further recommend that:
- Nasarawa State should invest more in welfare and social programs, education, job creation, infrastructure and poverty alleviation programs to reduce the rate of crime in the State.
- The State should pass into law the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 and should implement Alternative Dispute Resolution, mediation, restorative justice and other traditional methods of solving disputes to reduce dependence on the formal justice system,
- More awareness and sensitization is needed on the Child Right Law, the Anti-Torture Act, as well as on the services of the Legal Aid Council in the State
- More funding of the Legal Aid Council is required
- Juvenile homes should be established to prevent the detention of juveniles in adult prisons, while efforts should be made to divert juveniles in conflict with the law away from the formal justice system
- More judges should be appointment and more courts should be established
- All concerted efforts should be made to reduce the increasing rates of divorce and family separation, as these impacts negatively on children and expose them to abuse
Finally, we recommend that all cases of child abuse must be reported to the appropriate authorities and handled in accordance with the extant laws. Interference by family, traditional or religious institutions must not be allowed.
see links https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IyS534IA54
As part of our International Human Rights With support from Voice, Capio Nigeria in collaboration with Ministry of Interior Nigeria Nigerian Prisons Service, NHRC Nigeria Online, Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants’, CENPRIR(Centre For Prisons Reform And Inmates Rights, Bonum Seeds Foundation, launched the Gender Sensitive Approach for the treatment of Women Prisoners Training Manual for training Institutions in Nigeria. The Honourable Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulraman Bello Danbazau, CFR, PhD unveiled the Manual and charged the Nigerian Prisons Authorities to use the document for the training of prison staff in Nigeria. This event also marked a new beginning of gender awareness and consciousness in the management of Prisons in Nigeria. This manual will have implications for women prisoners nationwide and the status of women in the Prison Service.