NBA tasks journalists on human rights abuses in Nigeria
Enugu State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has asked journalists to develop more interest in reporting human rights abuses as a way of ensuring a saner society.
Chairman of the association, Jude I. Ezegwi, who stated this in Enugu, yesterday, lamented rising cases of human rights abuses in the country, stressing that NBA would continue to respond to issues of human rights abuses.
He spoke at the opening of a two-day training for Journalists in Enugu on human rights organised by Promoting the United Nations Convention Against Torture (ProCAT).
At the training, which was facilitated by Avocats Sans Frontiers (Lawyers Without Borders), Ezegwi said: “This organisation has been cooperating with the NBA over the years and we are happy because it is part of our job that they are doing pro bono.
“The society is rife with cases of human rights abuses. Most of these cases are not reported and that is why I charge journalists to develop more interest in reporting anywhere you see torture and human rights abuses. It is only when we do so that this project would have succeeded.”
ProCAT Case Law Manager for Avocats Sans Frontiers, Edugie Amihere, stated that the programme had trained no fewer than 75 journalists in the country.
She said that the essence of the program was to increase awareness of the danger posed on society by certain human rights abuses by security agencies and other members of society.
Responding, Enugu State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Rex Arum, said journalists have continued to promote virtues that would lead to a healthier society.
He said the NUJ would partner with organisations and individuals to improve the skills of journalists and commended the group for its interest in promoting human rights in Nigeria.