NHRC advocates central database to locate missing persons

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By Clare Nwaiwu

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called for the establishment of a central database for all citizens in order to have a reliable record of missing persons and other categories of victims of insurgency.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu made the call during a working visit of the United Nations delegation to the Commission, where he also stressed the need to control migration across the nation’s borders, saying that some of the migrants may constitute a menace to the protection of human rights in the country.

[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]According to the Executive Secretary, establishing counter terrorism mechanisms will not only help Nigeria track the network of the insurgents but will also assist the Military and other security agencies with adequate information and strategies required to overcome insurgency in the country.[/penci_blockquote]

Ojukwu who appealed to the United Nations to increase its training programmes on human rights for staff of the Commission and those of law enforcement agencies to enable them garner relevant skills needed to do their work professionally, urged the United Nations to support efforts of the Nigerian government in establishing counter terrorism mechanisms to curb the spread of insurgency particularly in the North East.

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According to the Executive Secretary, establishing counter terrorism mechanisms will not only help Nigeria track the network of the insurgents but will also assist the Military and other security agencies with adequate information and strategies required to overcome insurgency in the country.

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The leader of the United Nations delegation, Secretary-General (USG), Office of Counter Terrorism (UN-OCT), Mr. Vladimir Voronkov, stated that the purpose of the visit is to hold consultations with high-level government officials to assess the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and facilitate delivery of counter-terrorism-related technical assistance to the country.

The UN envoy assured the Commission that the UN system would assist it with new technologies and skills required to collate data needed in programmes designed to provide humanitarian support to victims of insurgency.

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