NHRC to indicted politicians: Prepare to defend yourselves in court

​Barely two weeks after releasing the report which indicted no fewer than 60 top Nigerian politicians for electoral offences, the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, says it is set to take further action to penalise those found guilty.

As a first step towards sanctioning those indicted by the report, the NHRC is to formally issue a ‘White Paper’ on the report and make far-reaching recommendations to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for the immediate prosecution of the culprits.

The 284-page report obtained by Vanguard , was prepared by a Technical Working Group, comprising top academics from Nigerian universities. The group was commissioned by NHRC as part of its efforts to check electoral malpractices and impunity to pave way for free, credible polls in the country.

The team, led by Prof Nsongurua Udombana, also had Profs Muhammad Akanbi, Oluyemisi Bamgbose, Ifeoma Enemuo, Mohammed Tawfiq and Dr. Solomon Ukhuegbe as members.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Prof Bem Angwe, told Vanguard in an interview, yesterday, that the commission was set to take the next step in prosecuting the culprits of electoral violence in Nigeria to sanitise the electoral process.


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