Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nigeria's police force carries out extrajudicial killings, torture in custody, and sexual assaults against women

The report claims that Nigerian police openly parade suspects for the media, before executing them without trial. The Open Society Justice Initiative's study is the latest of a number of reports to severely criticize Nigeria's police for brutality and corruption. The group observed officers and suspects at 400 different police stations over two years. They say Nigeria's police, in effect, get away with murder. Police in Nigeria commit extrajudicial killings, torture, rape, and extortion with relative impunity. Nigeria Police Force personnel routinely carry out summary executions of persons accused or suspected of crime. The police rely on torture as a principal means of investigation; commit rape of both sexes, with a particular focus on sex workers; and engage in extortion at nearly every opportunity.

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