21 April 2016
Despite its prohibition in the constitution and the ratification of numerous treaties and international conventions against it, torture remains very high in Nigeria and is still not legally recognized as a crime under the Criminal Code or Penal Code.
Torture of persons detained or held in police custody is very common in Nigeria, but legislation that could criminalize this has been pending in the Legislature for over 2 years now. Some police stations even have officers in charge of torture, known as “O/C Torture”. Common methods of torture include whipping, insertion of objects in private areas, extraction of body parts, sexual violence and even choking with ropes.
By failing to check against the despicable practice of torture, Nigeria has failed in its commitments to numerous international agreements such as: The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, United Nation Convention against Torture and the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture, International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women