Daily Law Tips (Tip 460) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

WATCHING TORTURE BUT NOT PARTICIPATING IN IT, IS TORTURE.

Torture is the intentional infliction of mental or physical pain/suffering on a person ignorer to obtain information/confession, or punish, intimidate and force him or a third party.

Torture includes; beatings, food deprivation, rubbing of pepper/chemicals, assuming of stressful bodily positions, rape, exposure to cold/sunlight, use of drugs, blindfolding, threat, prolonged interrogation, unscheduled transfer of persons, secret detention, denial of sleep, shaming, stripping naked and parading in public places. There is no justification for torture, not even war, national security or high profile case.

Any person that witnesses or is present when torture is being conducted is as liable as the person that conducted torture. He is deemed as having participated in torture. This applies to any person; military, para-military or civilian!

My authorities are sections 2, 8(1) and 14 of the Anti-Torture Act, 2017 and section 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

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