Nigeria: Torture, cruel inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees by Nigerian security forces: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (3 – 28 March 2014)
Amnesty International’s ongoing research since 2008 indicates that the police and the military routinely use torture and other forms of ill-treatment as means of extracting information from suspects and also to break the spirit of the suspects or detainees. Moreover, the information or “confessions” extracted from detainees is in many cases, used in court as evidence. This is contrary to national and international law. The scale of the use of torture and other ill-treatment is increasingly alarming.