The impact of human right abuses such as gender based violence, unlawful arrest and detention and many more during the Covid-19 lockdown last year will soon be revealed by one of Nigeria’s Non-governmental organisation, the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD). This according to the centre will be achieved through its novel “Strengthening Pan-African Citizens Voiced for Security Sector Accountability” Project.
In a media parley on Monday, executive director of the centre, Monday Osasah, said that, it has become imperative to set an agenda for the protection of human rights especially during pandemic.
According to him “….there were a lot of infractions during the enforcement of the covid-19 lockdown last year which where recorded by the National Human Right Commission (NHRC)”. He said the centre during the project will engage the NHRC, the police and other security agencies as well as the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to gather data to make the research more qualitative and fit enough to be forwarded to the policy makers such as the national assembly.
Osasah who further spoke through his Director of Strategy, Mr Itia Otabor said the project implementation and execution would be carried out in two key Nigerian Cities of Lagos and Abuja with activities to includes;
“Pre-citizens forum meeting with other key civil society organisations, Human right bodies , security services, public relations units, and other relavant associations; Bringing together impacted people of security services violation during the covid-19 lockdown in Nigeria; Commissioning of research on the impact of Covid-19 security measures on Community and citizens in Nigeria; Advocacy visits to national assembly; Bill Presentation with members of the Progressive Legislative Caucus on Security regulations during pandemic”
The project is being funded by Trust Africa.