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Report: ‘Taraba, Ekiti are most human rights-friendly states’

A report by Constitutional Rights Awareness and Liberty Initiative has adjudged Taraba and Ekiti states as the most human rights-friendly states in Nigeria.

The report was presented to the public on Tuesday at the United States Consulate in Lagos in commemoration of this year’s International Human Rights Day.

The founder, CRALI, Adeola Oyinlade, explained that the survey was conducted by 50 lawyers across the 36 states in the country.

He said people from walks of life were interviewed without the knowledge of government, adding that the survey aimed to identify most human rights-adherent states in the country with a view to setting a standard for others.

According to the activist lawyer, the survey showed that Taraba and Ekiti states had made “a quantum leap” in respect of their people’s human rights.

The Governor of Taraba State, who was at the event, Darius Ishaku, said he was pleasantly surprised at the state’s ranking.

He canvassed for the creation of state police as the solution to the insecurity in the country.

The US Consul-General, Claire Pierangelo, while speaking on the theme of the human rights conference, “Respect for human rights; a panacea for national peace and development and the roles of state government in Nigeria,” commended CRALI for the survey.

While saying that respect for human rights was importance for peace and development, Pierangelo said the US State Department annual human rights report showed that Nigeria was grappling with human rights violations.

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