In continuation of their commitments to promoting Human Rights in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole, the Chief Judge of Lagos state, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, and the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, have pledged to work together towards the commemoration of this year’s International Human Rights Day which comes up on 10th December.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the Chief Judge, Mr Soremekun, noted that the United Nations is committed to promoting issues of Human Rights in Nigeria and across the world. The International Human Rights Day, he noted, will be used to once again, draw the world attention to the sanctity of upholding the Fundamental Human Rights of every citizen.
He acknowledged the efforts of Justice Phillips in decongesting the prisons in the state through periodic visits and ordering the release of inmates who were awaiting trial and had been in prison custody for years. This, he said, was commendable and an indication of Justice Phillips’ commitment to issues of Human Rights.
The UNIC Information Officer therefore sought Justice Phillips’ support for the commemoration of this year’s International Human Rights Day.
In her response, the Chief Judge acknowledged the work of the United Nations in Nigeria especially in promoting the Rule of Law and Human Rights; and pledged to remain unwavering in her focus to decongest the prisons in the state. According to her, she had got released, over four hundred prisoners who had been awaiting trials for years. She added that her joy was in the fact that none of those she had released returned to the prison.
Justice Phillips reiterated her willingness to collaborate with the United Nations system in Nigeria to further promote Human Rights.