The federal government has expressed commitment to addressing all forms of extrajudicial executions, irrespective of gender, race, religion and colour.
The Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary, Amb. Olusola Enikanolaye, said at UN Human Rights council 35th regular session on Wednesday in Geneva..
According to a report by the New Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the Ministryâ€™s Spokesperson, Dr Clement Aduku, quoted the Permanent Secretary as saying said that the country always condemned such act and remained resolutely committed to taking every necessary measure to address any challenge in this regard.
He said Nigeria would also recognise the need for continuous training of the police and security forces, including capacity-building to enhance their duty of care and protection.
â€œWhere they seldom occur, the Nigerian government is committed to full investigations and where necessary, prosecution of perpetrators so as to serve as deterrence to others.
â€œThis serves as good example, among many initiatives, put in place by the Nigerian government.
â€œWe, therefore, call upon state governments to put necessary mechanisms in place to uphold the right to life and prevent impunity by police and other security agents.â€
Enikanolaye said the delegation took note of the report by the Special Rapporteur on Summary or Arbitrary Executions on the right to life.
â€œWe share the view of the Special Rapporteur that arbitrary deprivation of life is bound to result from systemic discrimination.
â€œThis condition needs to be improved to enable all people to enjoy equal rights to life.
â€œSimilarly, deprivation of basic conditions that guarantee life, such as access to essential health care, could be considered a violation of the right to life.
â€œThe Nigerian Constitution upholds every personâ€™s right to life.â€
According to him, Nigeria remains committed to taking further steps to ensure that the key elements of gender-sensitive perspective identified by the Special Rapporteur is properly addressed.
He added that the national disposition was with the view to strengthening comprehensive application of critical norms and standards related to the right to life, in accordance with national laws and international obligations.
â€œMay I inform that the on-going review of the modus operandi of the security services and the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 are some of the numerous policy measures aimed at addressing this challenge,â€ he said.
He explained that the right to peaceful assembly and association were inalienable rights guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and other domestic laws.
â€œWe agree with the Special Rapporteur that the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are essential components of democracy.
â€œOn the right to education, Nigeria further notes the Special Rapporteurâ€™s Report and holds the view that in general, education is an indispensable attribute of any modern and progressive society.
â€œIt is also an ingredient, not only for enlightenment, but also for upward social mobility and the fulfillment of an individualâ€™s potential, in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).â€
He said that the delegation acknowledged the extensive work undertaken on non-formal means of education.
â€œWe further acknowledge that non-formal education programmes provide flexible learner-centred means to improve education outcomes, and this could also help in the actualisation of SDGs.