The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri, has appealed to the South African government to stop the extra judicial killing of Nigerians in South Africa.
She made the appeal when she visited the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria in Abuja, Mr Lulu Louis.
According to her, over one hundred Nigerians have been executed by South African policemen in the last two years.
Mrs Dabiri further stated that majority of the executions were extrajudicial.
Meanwhile, Mr Louis has given an assurance of his government’s determination to ensure justice for the families of the victims.
Human Rights Lawyer, Collins Okeke, has urged the Nigerian government to take necessary measures to reform prisons facilities and put an end to extra judicial killing.
Okeke said that as much as progress was being made in the area of human rights, prisoners deserve a conducive and healthy environment.
He stated that the government had made progress in some areas but had regressed in the area of freedom to hold protests.
“We have a fundamental rights enforcement procedure rules and that is progress. The National Human Rights commission has become a bit more involved in human rights protection and enforcement and that is also progress,” he said.
“There are no more rights to protests in Nigeria,” he said.
Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Okeke mentioned that there should be a relationship between the prison wards and the prisoners, insisting that the prison should not be cramped. He said that the state of prisons in Nigeria made it looked like the government had forgotten the prisoners.
Mr. Okeke said that there should be right to social-economic system which enables free shelter, food, amongst others.
“Our criminal justice system needs to be reshaped,” he stressed.
celebrating the Human Rights Day, Mr. Okeke praised the government for reforming the National Human Rights Commission.