The National Human Rights Commission says it has commenced the process of collating data of missing persons since the beginning of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Ben Angwe, who disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Abuja after a meeting, said:
“Our meeting today is premised on the commission’s resolve and commitment which we all share toward assisting the efforts of Federal Government of Nigeria by providing a data bank for missing persons affected by insurgency and other criminal acts which will be helpful in tracking and documenting exact Nigerians citizens.
“From different quarters, there have been conflicting reports as to the exact figures of missing persons including those internally displaced within Nigeria and figures of Nigerian descents, seeking safety in neighboring countries, such as Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The time is far spent, when Nigeria should put together the data of its missing people.”
The exercise is to determine the exact figure of Nigerian citizens affected by insurgency he said, calling on Nigerians to come to the commission with useful information regarding missing persons from any incident of terror attack across the country.
A representative of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group (BBOG), Bukky Sonibare, who was also present at the meeting said the collation of data of missing people means a call to responsibility for leaders at all levels.
“We have to account for all of those contained in the register, once it is developed. All lives matter,” she said.
Asides NHR, other groups and agencies involved in the compilation of the data include: The National Information Technology Development Agency, the Nigeria Red Cross Association, the BBOG, The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).