The torture and inhumane practices going on in the Nigeria police is sickening according to the investigation of Amnesty International .Reading all these accounts really brings home the brutality taking place in the Nigerian Police Force.What i don'tunderstand is how the government and even the President of the country never addresses the subject.Instead all they do is deny the existence.
The crazy thing is the torture victims cannot win.Cos if they don't tell these policemen what they want to hear,the torture becomes intensified.And if they "confess" they are punished even more,cos now they are "guilty".But when you go through that level of tirture and pain,you will confess to anything just to make the pain stop! I can't even begin to imagine what people have gone through in the hands of the Nigerian police.We have all heard stories of others.How the Police randomly go around and pick up innocent citizens on the streets.How they raid bars where people are having a good time and pick them up turning many into robbery suspects.The Nigerian Police can be a brutal heartless bunch!
Can you believe "torture" has still not been criminalised?Please read the accounts of the investigations and personal experiences,the worst in my opinion of the 15 year old boy who was tortured.But be warned,the article could ruin your day.
Torture has become such an integral part of policing in Nigeria that many stations have an informal torture officer, Amnesty International says.
Both the Nigeria military and police use a wide range of torture methods including beatings, nail and teeth extractions and other sexual violence, it says.
One woman accused of theft in Lagos said she was sexually assaulted, and had tear gas sprayed into her vagina.
Nigeria's police told the BBC the force had a "zero tolerance for torture".
"It may happen and when it does happen it is appropriately dealt with," police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu told the BBC Hausa service.
"Every officer in Nigerian police has a duty post - there is no duty post for torture," he said.
"If somebody's tortured let him please report to the next higher authority and then action will be taken."
Entitled Welcome to Hell Fire, the Amnesty report says people are often detained in large dragnet operations and tortured as punishment, to extort money or to extract "confessions" as a way to solve cases.
The use of torture is particularly extreme in the north-east in the war against Boko Haram Islamist militants, Amnesty says.
The UK-based rights group says between 5,000 and 10,000 people have been arrested there since 2009, and executions in overcrowded detention facilities are common.
A teenage boy, pictured at the top, was among 50 people arrested by the army in Pokiskum in Yobe state last year on suspicion being a member of the Boko Haram.
At the time he was 15 years old and spent three weeks in custody in Damaturu and said he was beaten continuously with gun butts, batons and machetes.
Arrested in 2013 along with other hotel staff after two guns and a human skull were found. They were beaten, detained in a van for hours and then taken to an anti-robbery squad centre in Awkuzu.
"I was thrown inside a cell. I noticed a written sign on the wall 'Welcome to hell fire'… I was taken to the interrogation room.
"There was a police officer at one end with two suspects who were chained together.
"I saw ropes streaming down from the ceiling tops, bags of sand elevated on the perimeter wall fence of the hall and all types of rod and metal in different shapes and sizes.
"I heard shouts and screams from torture victims… I saw buckets of water on standby in case anybody faints or opts to die before appending [their] signature to already written statements."
The officer questioned him, tied his hands and legs, passed a rod between them and elevated him from a perimeter wall. They poured water on him whenever he passed out. He was charged with murder, has since been freed on bail and is awaiting trial.