Amnesty International condemns election related violence, asks FG to protect citizens

Amnesty International condemns election related violence, asks FG to protect citizens

- Federal government has been asked to protect the people from violence before, during and after the forthcoming general elections

- According to the director of Amnesty International, Osai Ojigho, there have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months

- Ojigho said the authorities must stamp out any potential impunity by ensuring the incidents are investigated

Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, the Amnesty International on Wednesday, February 13, called on the federal government of Nigeria to protect the people from violence before, during and after the polls.

In a statement by director of Amnesty International, Osai Ojigho, the Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association in the country.

Ojigho said the election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa is deeply troubling and, if not urgently addressed, will undermine respect for human rights throughout the election period, Channels TV reports.

The statement read: "The Nigerian authorities must protect people from violence and ensure full respect for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association before, during and after the country’s upcoming general election, Amnesty International said ahead of the votes scheduled for 16 February and 2 March 2019.

"There have been several instances of violence at election campaign rallies in some states in recent months, including the deaths of four people in Kano state in clashes between rival political supporters in December 2018.

"The election-related violence in states such as Kano, Kwara, Kogi, Rivers, Taraba and Bayelsa is deeply troubling and, if not urgently addressed, will undermine respect for human rights throughout the election period.

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According to Ojigho, Amnesty International has received reports of supporters of some politicians violently targeting political opponents, real or perceived.

He called on authorities to stamp out any potential impunity by ensuring these incidents are investigated and those suspected to be responsible are brought to justice.

“Authorities must put in place measures to ensure politicians and their supporters do not infringe on human rights. They must make clear that there is zero-tolerance for human rights violations and that anyone suspected of wrongdoing will be brought to justice," he added.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Amnesty International commended the federal government over the trial of suspected Boko Haram terrorists, describing the ongoing trial as ”good progress for the justice sector”.

The commendation was contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Osai Ojigho, country director, Amnesty International Nigeria.

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