The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC says it will continue to lay the foundation for a solid response to the plight of families of missing persons in Nigeria.
ICRC Head of Delegation in Nigeria, Yann Bonzon, reiterated the commitment in Abuja at a Meeting for Stakeholders involved in the documentation of Missing Persons in Nigeria in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Human Rights Commission
Yann Bonzon stressed that the Committee would continue to support government, communities, and other stakeholders to search of missing persons and provide relief to their families.
‘’Close to 750 children registered by the ICRC have no news of their parents, thousands of human remain life remain unclaimed by families in morgues across the country, clarifying the fate and whereabouts of missing people. Yann said.
He however expressed the hope that the meeting would create concrete action to scale up a mechanism to support the missing persons and their families in Nigeria.
One of the representatives of the families of the missing persons, Joshua Audu called for the review of the existing law concerning the plight of missing persons.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Dr. Sani Gwarzo, represented by the Director Humanitarian Affairs in the Ministry, Alhaji Ali Grema expressed the commitment of the Federal Government towards addressing the challenge of missing persons in the country.
The ICRC had reported that Nigeria has no formal structure to address humanitarian consequences of the disappearance of persons in the country, as several International treaties signed by Nigeria are yet to be domesticated.
The report also shows that Nigeria has no reliable data on the number of missing persons, but data registered by the Committee revealed that 13,000 families are still searching for more than 25, 000 persons as a result of armed conflict.
Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman, editing by Daniel Adejo