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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Malami, state AGs refuse to implement report on indicted electoral offenders – NHRC

Malami, state AGs refuse to implement report on indicted electoral offenders – NHRC

Abubakar Malami

The National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday expressed concern over the refusal of various government institutions and officers to implement its report recommending the prosecution of some persons who were allegedly involved in the electoral scam that characterised the 2007 and 2011 general elections.

‎The Acting Secretary of the commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, spoke in Abuja during a meeting with some “stakeholders”, including the Nigerian Bar Association and the Independent National Electoral Commission.

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She said the commission had submitted the report to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, as well as the Attorneys-General of various states‎ of the federation for implementation since it was released in August 2016, but no action had been taken on it.

She said the meeting with stakeholders was “aimed at galvanising the support of our strategic partners towards the full implementation of our strategic partners towards the full implementation of the report from the ‘End Electoral Impunity Project’; the first phase of the project having been released in 2016”.

The report containing a total of 118 indictments was personally submitted by the immediate past Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, to Malami shortly after its official release in Abuja on August 11, 2016.

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The 284 page report was titled, ‘An Independent Review of Evidence of Gross Violations of the Rights to Participate in Government, to Public Service, and to Fair Trial Through the Election Petition Process in Nigeria 2007′.

The NHRC’s report was a compilation of persons and institutions that were indicted by the election petition tribunals and appellate judicial bodies which sat on cases that arose from the 2007 and 2011 election cycles.

The total of 118 indictments in the report were categorised into six with 20 said to be criminal in nature; 49 administrative/criminal; 38 administrative; four administrative/judicial; three professional and seven judicial.

About 60 persons, organisations and courts and government institutions were named under the various categories of indictments in the report.

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