By Habila Victor
As part of its efforts in promoting the enjoyment of Human Rights in Nigeria, Avocats Sans Frontières France (ASF France), in collaboration with its local partners, the Carmelite Prisoners Interest Organisation (CAPIO) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has recently held trainings for security agencies, media and CSOs in Lagos State.
The insightful trainings were on the wings of the “Strengthening the National Actors Capacities and Advocation for Ending Severe Human Rights Violations in Nigeria project” (SAFE), funded by the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), which is targeted at addressing human rights violations of torture, extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention.
The Country Director of ASF France in Nigeria, Mrs. Angela Uwandu Uzoma-Iwuchukwu in one of her contributions during the training highlighted the importance of the media in the promotion and protection of human rights saying “the media when deployed effectively can make people more aware of their rights, expose its violations and focus attention on people and areas in need of the protection of human rights”.
The training for security agencies on human rights took place on the 24th – 26th of May, 2021, and is aimed at bridging the knowledge gap of security agencies on Human Rights laws and standards.
In attendance were 27 security personnel drawn from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Nigerian Army (NA), the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigerian Airforce (NAF), NCDC (Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps), Corrections Service, Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Immigrations.
On the other hand, the media and CSOs were trained from 27th – 28th of May, 2021, serving as a follow up training for an earlier batch of 20 members of the media and CSOs trained on documentation and reporting of human rights violations in Lagos State in February 2020.
One of the trainees, Mr. Adewale Adequate of Lagos Traffic FM, said “I must first of all say thanks to the ASF France team for this insightful training. It has been a major source of exposure to the use of media to promote human rights. I believe this will in many ways improve the work that I do”.
The SAFE project is co-funded by the European Union (EU) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), and is being implemented by Avocats Sans Frontières France in Nigeria, in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association and the Carmelite Prisoners’ Interest Organization.