Many Nigerians Risk Becoming Stateless – Rights Commission

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that many Nigerians may become stateless as a result of insurgency in parts of the country.

Speaking at a budget defence session before the House of Representatives committee on human rights yesterday, Executive Secretary of NHRC Prof Ben Angwe said however that despite insecurity challenges, the commission has about 300 monitors of human rights violations in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Nasarawa, Plateau, Benue, Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Chairperson of the committee, Rep Beni Lar (PDP, Plateau) had during her opening remarks demanded that the NHRC, National Commission for Refugees and the National Agency for the Protection of Human Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) explain the level of their efforts on the internally displaced persons.

She had expressed concerns about the state of IDPs.

The committee members had expressed concerns over the public comments made by NHRC chairman Prof Chidi Odinkalu and also resolved to summon him.

On her part, national commissioner of the refugees’ commission Hadiza Sani Kangiwa said based on their records, there are about 968,219 IDPs in various camps in the country, while 60,000 Nigerians are seeking asylum in Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

In her presentation before the committee, NAPTIP Executive Secretary Beatrice Jedy-Agba said the cases of rapes on the IDPs camps “are exaggerated” based on the findings of the commission.

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