National Human Rights
Commission, NHRC, is set to
commence investigations into 153
complaints on hate speeches and
election related violence during
the 2015 general election.
Acting Executive Secretary
of the commission, Mrs. Oti
Ovrawah, disclosed this at the
flag-off meeting for investigation
of the complaints.
Ovrawah said, in doing this, the
commission will where necessary,
exercise the duty to seek criminal
indictment, punishment and
accountability where there is
evidence to indicate that a person
was involved in hate speeches
and election related violence
in the 2015 elections, as well as
subsequent elections.
The human rights boss noted
that substantiated hate speeches
and election related violence
would be subjected to public
hearing across the states of the
federation to enable indicted
persons defend themselves.
Mrs. Ovrawah said
investigations will have a
positive influence in the 2019
general election as it is believed
that this project is necessary
to support the clamour for
the establishment of Election
Offences Commission.
Meanwhile, the Project
Coordinator and Director,
Monitoring, NHRC, Tony
Ojukwu, has assured Nigerians
that the commission would
be bold and courageous as it
has always been in naming and recommending for
prosecution those found
culpable of hate speeches and
election related violence.
He also stated that the
complaints on hate speeches
and election related violence
spread across the six geopolitical
He disclosed that
investigations will take place
between April 24 and 27 with
the staff of the commission
going to different states for
the project.