Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta yesterday called on officials of the commission as well as Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to ensure the protection of the rights of suspects in their custody in consonance with constitutional stipulations.
Nta stressed that a suspect is deemed to be innocent until his or her culpability is established by a competent court of law.
The ICPC chairman’s comments were contained in an electronic mail signed by the commissioner, Public Enlightenment, of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, yesterday.
Nta said the ICPC under his leadership had ensured that the detention facilities of the anti-graft commission were of international standard.
He said the ICPC had always ensured that human rights were treated as sacrosanct and not to be violated.
He stated also that the ICPC had ensured that torture was not used as a method of extracting information from suspects.
The ICP boss also called on law enforcement bodies to train and retrain their members on how to carry out acceptable investigation.
He said he had always ensured that he knew the condition of health of detainees under the ICPC at all times.
He commended the National Assembly for considering a bill meant to protect detainees and to abolish the use of torture as a means of extracting information from suspects.
He said, “We made sure our Detention Centre is equal to any found in civilised nations. As soon as a suspect is arrested, we ensure that he is fit before detention.”

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