By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja.
The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Monday 9 November, 2020
commenced a three-day Training of Trainers ’Workshop on the role of human rights law and practice in the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) by security providers.
ONSA said, “Since the launching of the Policy Framework and National and Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017, the Office of the National Security Adviser as required by the Terrorism Prevention Act 2013,
has worked with partners to provide capacity building in responding to the threat of terrorism and violent extremism”.
The Training Manual on Human Rights which forms the basis of the Training-of Trainers workshop is in tandem with component two (2) of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism which seeks to Strengthen Access to Justice, Rule of Law and Human Rights.
This was disclosed in a statement contained released by Akinwumi Oladipupo on Monday in Abuja.
He said the objectives of the three day workshop, which is currently holding in Kaduna is to
review the PVE Human Rights Sensitive training manual, and strengthen the capacity of
law enforcement and security agencies in respecting human rights to prevent violent
He also revealed the crucial role of various Law Enforcement and Security Agencies in preventing violent extremism across the country, it is envisaged that the workshop will enhance the capacity of participants to adapt the manual in their various training institutions, as well as mainstream and institutionalise the PVE Human Rights Sensitive training manual.
“The three-day Training of Trainers ’Workshop will focus on different aspects of Human Rights including Human Rights and Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Crime
Investigation; Human Rights and the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Arrest and Detention; Human Rights and the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Use of Force and Firearms in Law Enforcement; Human Rights, Women’s Right and the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Law Enforcement; Human Rights and the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in the Treatment of Juveniles; Human Rights and the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Investigating Police Violations and Overview of Violent Extremism and the Prevention”, he said.
“37 participants were drawn from various Training Institutions of the Nigeria Police across the country.
“Participants were also drawn from training Departments of the Nigeria Correctional Services, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, National Human Rights Commission across the country.
He also said, Some security correspondents are taking part in the ongoing workshop baring their role in creating awareness as well as enlightening the Nigerian public on prevention of violent extremism.
” It is believed that materials from the programme will be relevant to journalists in their respective media organisations, particularly in reporting human rights observance in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism.
The National Human Rights Commission is providing guidance and expertise through the
workshop and is expected to continue to monitor implementation of Human Rights in preventing violent extremism, and to provide capacity building for Ministries, Departments and agencies on Human right.