Although Nigeria has ratified several major international human rights treaties, torture remains a common tool utilised by security forces for the interrogation, intimidation and punishment of crime suspects. As the public mounts further pressure on security forces to bring an end to the existence of Boko Haram, there has been an increase in the number of reported cases of torture in the Northern region of Nigeria. This remains the case, not due to a lack of awareness-raising initiatives, but due to inadequate facilities, provisions and mechanisms for investigation, regular monitoring of detention facilities, effective oversight and speedy justice delivery. 


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