We will expose lawyers using our platform to shield looters – NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said it would expose senior lawyers who are shielding looters under the pretense that they are fighting for human rights.

In a statement on Thursday, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) quoted the Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Prof. Ben Angwe during the inauguration of a report put together by SERAP in Lagos.

Agwe said, “There is a problem in the human rights community. That problem is that we have pretenders in the human rights and legal communities using the platform of human rights to advance corruption and to shield corrupt elements in our society.

“It is our responsibility to expose these pretenders and to make sure that our citizens recognise that fight against corruption and impunity of perpetrators is really the cause to promote human rights.  This is the right course to take as a human rights advocate.

“You can’t steal so much and subject people to suffering and claim to have human rights. This is not the way to go. Human rights are for the advancement of the greatest majority of the greatest number.

“So, when we see our senior citizens at the Bar, or public service trying to undermine the work of SERAP, the National Human Rights Commission and other human rights bodies we have to make sure that we shout them down.”

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