In Nigeria, despite the federal government's efforts to reform the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and the enactment of a law prohibiting acts of torture in December 2017, torture continues to be used frequently by security agents, particularly as a means of interrogation.
The ProCAT project aims to consolidate the significant intervention undertaken by ASF France in the fight against torture in Nigeria since 2009. In 2019, ASF France was able to expand the project to 2 new states, Imo and Edo, thereby expanding the scope of the project and reaching more victims who have accessed legal aid services.
On July 29 and 30, 2021, a training session for journalists was held in Benin, Edo State. Bringing together 15 journalists from various media outlets (print and electronic), the session aimed to build the capacity of news agencies on monitoring and documenting cases of torture and other human rights violations committed by state security agencies.
Participants were trained in all stages of journalistic work: observing and monitoring the human rights situation, obtaining clear and reliable information from victims of human rights violations by state security agencies.
Reported cases of torture will be taken to court by the project's legal assistance team.