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Amnesty International Says Over 1,813 Killed Since January, Accuses FG of Impunity

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Amnesty International Says Over 1,813 Killed Since January, Accuses FG of Impunity

International human rights body, Amnesty accuses the federal government of fuelling impunity and insecurity in the country by failing to hold murderers to account.

The group said in a statement on Thursday that independently verified figures indicate that at least 1,813 persons have been murdered across 17 states, which is double the 894 people killed in the entire 2017.

Killings: Amnesty Accuses FG Of Impunity, Says Over 1,813 Killed Since January

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Global human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Government of encouraging the impunity fueling the increasing insecurity in the country by failing to hold murderers to account.

The group said in a statement on Thursday that independently verified figures indicate that at least 1,813 persons have been murdered across 17 states, which is double the 894 people killed in the entire 2017.

The group explained that the killings are usually results arising from the farmers-herders conflict and Boko Haram attacks, as well as armed banditry among others.

“We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states,” said Osai Ojigho, Director Amnesty International Nigeria.

She added, “The authorities have a responsibility to protect lives and properties, but they are clearly not doing enough going by what is happening.

“The latest incidence in Plateau State, where armed gunmen attacked 11 villages on June 23 for at least seven hours and killed at least 200 villagers without intervention from security forces should be investigated.”

But the government and, police, and the military have yet to respond to the allegations.

Killings: Amnesty Accuses FG Of Impunity, Says Over 1,813 Killed Since January

Channels Television
Updated June 28, 2018
31
Killings: Amnesty International Accuses Nigerian Government Of Encouraging Impunity naija news today
File photo: A community deserted in Kogi State by residents after an alleged herdsmen invasion.

 

Global human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Government of encouraging the impunity fueling the increasing insecurity in the country by failing to hold murderers to account.

The group said in a statement on Thursday that independently verified figures indicate that at least 1,813 persons have been murdered across 17 states, which is double the 894 people killed in the entire 2017.

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They explained that the killings are usually the result of the farmers-herders conflict and Boko Haram attacks, as well as armed banditry among others.

“We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states,” said Osai Ojigho, Director Amnesty International Nigeria.

She added, “The authorities have a responsibility to protect lives and properties, but they are clearly not doing enough going by what is happening.

“The latest incidence in Plateau State, where armed gunmen attacked 11 villages on June 23 for at least seven hours and killed at least 200 villagers without intervention from security forces should be investigated.”

But the government and the military have yet to respond to the allegations.

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The Amnesty International director in the country further blamed the violence in Plateau, which began after an attack said to be followed by a reprisal from Thursday last week, on unacceptable security lapses.

She noted that despite the deployment of security forces, including the military in over 30 states, the escalation of the attacks has proven that whatever the authorities were doing was not working.

The spokeperson, Ojigho also stressed the urgent need for people who are suspected of committing crimes across the country to be held accountable.

She, however, said, “We hope that President Buhari’s commitment to bringing those suspected to be criminally responsible for the killings in Plateau State to justice will break the impunity that has spread through the country.”

“In addition, government must answer these questions: who are these attackers, where do they come from, where do they go after attacks, who arm them, why is security forces’ response time very slow?”

These are questions begging for answers from the authorities.

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