Shi'ites and security agencies must respect the law - Britsh envoy

Shi'ites and security agencies must respect the law - Britsh envoy

- British envoy to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has called for respect for the rule of law

- He gave this advice following the recent clash between security agencies and the Shiites

- According to him, the Shiites have right to peaceful demonstration while the security agencies have right to ensure peace

Following the recent bloody face-off between the security agencies of the country and the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites, the outgoing British high commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has urged the warring parties to have respect for the rule of law.

The Punch reports that Arkwright, who stated this in Abuja on Thursday, November 8, while speaking with the journalist on the clashes between the Shiites and Army in which hundreds were reported dead, also commended the federal government's effort in ensuring that all hands are on deck.

He also added that although the Shiites have the right to protest peacefully, the security agencies must toe the soft peddler to avoid unnecessary killing of innocent people.

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Legit.ng gathers that the envoy also attributed the incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers to the issues of climate change and desertification, contrary to religion people associated the crisis with.

He said: "Just as the IMN must obey the rule of law by using their rights to demonstrate peacefully, and the key word here is peacefully, so also it is important for the security forces in Nigeria to respect the rule of law."

On farmers-herdsmen crisis, the British envoy said: "This is a conflict that is driven by complex reasons of climate change, pressure on resources, land and desertification of northern Nigeria.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Femi Falana, human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) demanding a probe into alleged killings of about 492 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, also known as Shiites, by both the Nigerian Army and the Police since 2014.

Falana in his petition dated November 2, 2018 and addressed to the executive secretary of the NHRC, Anthony Ojukwu, gave seven days ultimatum to the commission to accede to his demand.

The human rights lawyer threatened that should the commission fail to grant his request before the expiration of the ultimatum, he would report what he described as “the genocidal acts and crimes against humanity” being allegedly committed by officials of the federal government’s security agencies to the special prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in contravention of Article 7 of the Rome Statute.

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