Testimonials

Our organization has carried out over 160 advocacy activities since 2008.

The successful advocacy activities cut across our three major areas of: civil liberties & rule of law, democracy & good governance and security & safety.  We have also done a number of advocacy works on other human rights issues recognized by the UN and the AU. These are accessible and readable on “Intersociety Advocacy/Campaign News” and Annual Reports under “Intersociety E-Resources”. Our success stories are numerous. Under democracy & good governance, we fought and won struggle for return and sustenance of democracy & good governance in Anambra State of Nigeria through consistent and uncompromised campaigns and strategic partnership with the Government of the State from March 2006 to 17th March 2014. We co-contributed in putting smile on the faces of the majority of the State residents by ensuring that public resources are used for public good. We contributed in the successfully removal of the State from local and international pariah status.

Under our civil liberties & rule of law advocacy; we have done and achieved quite a lot. In 2009, we went to the Federal High Court in Anambra State and brought civil suit against the Independent National Electoral Commission over the roguish nature of the Anambra version of the Voters’ Register, which was concocted and filled with fictitious names for the purpose of using it for mass poll rigging. The suit not only exposed the intending rigging plans, but also forced the Commission to allow only those whose names are found and authenticated in the register to vote and be counted on the February 6, 2010 gubernatorial poll. We played similar roles in the November 16, 2013 governorship poll in the State.

 In our civil liberties advocacy, we have released a good number of victims of police abuse and brutality from police roadblocks and cells.  We secure free release of average of 10 victims in Anambra State monthly. On October 30, 2013, for instance, we secured the free release of 42 innocent residents of Iyiowa Odekpe in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State who were arrested en masse during their resting hours by officers of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of Okpoko Unit. Where police abuse victims were arrested and extorted under the guise of “bail fees”, we have successfully sought for refund and handed over same to the extorted victims.

 In our security & safety advocacy, similar success stories abound. We have successfully monitored police abuse and corruption particularly at roadblocks and pictured some of them collecting bribes. In 2010, we partnered with the US based Human Rights Watch and jointly addressed a world press conference with its Researcher on Nigeria. The leaderships of the Access to Justice and Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) also participated in the international press conference held in Lagos-Nigeria with the launch of a report: “Everyone’s in on the Game”; Corruption and Human Rights Abuses by the Nigeria Police Force”. Our Secretariat played  host to the HRW Researcher prior to the issuance of the report.

 On December 11, 2011, we issued two reports simultaneously bordering on police unlawful killings and related others and police corruption and extortion. The first report was titled: “Nigeria In A State Of War: How 54,000 Citizens Killed Outside The Law Since 1999” and the second was titled: “Police Corruption As Human Rights Abuse: How The Nigeria Police Personnel Enriched The Force With N53.48Billion Generated From Roadblocks In Three Years-2009-2011”.  The latter report documented the existence of over 3,500 police roadblocks across the country with highest concentration found in the Southeast zone. As a result of the issuance of the report, the Federal Government of Nigeria ordered the removal of most of the roadblocks. The order came in early February 2012 and remained in force until the recent Boko Haram terror insurgency in northern parts of the country. Till date, the number of police roadblocks in southern parts of the country including the Southeast has remained sizeable. Since then, the number of innocent Nigerian citizens killed, brutalized and extorted at police roadblocks has drastically reduced. Instances of our success stories cannot be exhausted here.