NHRC to investigate 153 complaints on hate speeches


The National Human Rights Commission is to commence investigation into 153 complaints on hate speeches and election related violence recorded during the 2015 general elections.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, stated this in Abuja while briefing journalists.

Mrs. Ovrawah said the aim was to verify about two hundred complaints brought to the Commission from the six Geo-political zones of the country.

She explained that the investigation which would be carried out in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation would deepen the nation’s democracy and electoral system.
Mrs. Ovrawah gave an assurance that the victims and the perpetrators would be given fair hearing.

She said the Commission would recommend those found culpable for prosecution by the Attorney General of the Federation.

The Executive Secretary said the Commission would keep a register of persons involved in hate speeches and electoral violence to serve as reference point in future elections.