Federal government has stated that it is working towards establishing a national database to serve as a platform for family members or friends of missing persons to engage with and document necessary information about their loved ones.
This was revealed by the chairperson of the National Technical Committee for the Establishment of Management Data Base of Missing Persons, Maryam Uwais, at a programme organised to commemorate 2016 International Day of the Disappeared/Missing Persons held at the national headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, yesterday in Abuja.
Also, the executive secretary of the NHRC, Professor Bem Angwe in his opening remark stated that the plight of the missing persons and the disappeared is in the heart of the mandate of the of the commission.
He said this was so because, “The rights of people to security and welfare, which is the primary responsibility of any government, presupposes that everyone should live without any fear of abduction, enforced disappearance, kidnapping, enforced displacement as a result of insecurity, natural disaster, etc.
“As a commission, we are aware that various agencies already have some form of record in this area, but there us a need for a central data base fir effective coordination and usage by all stakeholders.
“When this is done, the pains of our people resulting from the uncertainties associated with cases of missing and the disappeared can be better managed,” Angwe said.
Karl Anton Mattli, head of delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Nigeria, who was also present, submitted that the day was significant “for thousands of families around the world, including many in Nigeria, who live with the anguish of not knowing the fate of the or whereabouts of their loved ones.
“Unfortunately, whether it a is as a result of armed conflict, other situations of violence, natural disasters, migration or other circumstances, man people around the world remain missing and may do so for many years to come,” Mr. Mattli said.
There were representatives from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Nigeria Police Force, Bring Back Our Girls campaign group and several members of the civil society organisations present at the occasion.

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