Plateau killings: Amnesty International accuses Nigerian government of encouraging killers

Plateau killings: Amnesty International accuses Nigerian government of encouraging killers

- Amnesty International has said the failure of federal government to prosecute killers is fueling rising insecurity across the country

- It called on government to bring those responsible for these killings to justice

- The rights group said the escalation of these attacks shows that whatever is being done by authorities is not working

The Nigerian government has been criticised by Amnesty International for what it described as its failure to hold perpetrators of killings across the country to account. The group said that the failure of government to bring the killers to book was encouraging them and fueling rising insecurity across the country.

Legit.ng gathers that the group stated this on Thursday, June 28, through a statement signed by its media officer, Isa Sanusi.

According to the group, at least 1813 people have been murdered in 17 states in the country in 2018, double the 894 people killed in 2017.

The group said: “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.

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

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

“Despite the deployment of security forces, including the military in over 30 states, the escalation of these attacks shows that whatever is being done by authorities is not working. There is urgent need for people who are suspected of committing crimes to be held accountable.

“We hope that President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to bring 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 arms them, why is security forces’ response time very slow?

“We are at the peak of farming season, and communities affected by this wave of violence are largely agrarian. But because of fear of attacks they have either been displaced or unable to cultivate their farms, therefore their major source of food and income threatened by the attacks,” Mr Ojigho said.

“Making arrests and bringing to justice those suspected to be responsible for these attacks is crucial in ending the killings that are gradually turning into almost a daily occurrence. In many instances these killings happen and no arrests take place."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Jos zone, on Wednesday, June 27, condemned the recent killings in Plateau, describing it as “barbaric and totally unacceptable".

The zonal coordinator of the commission in Plateau, Veronica Abe, made the commission’s position known in a statement in Jos.

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Source: Legit.ng

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