- Amnesty International reacts to President Buhari's ‘shoot at sight’ order on bandits
- The international organisation said the president's order undermines administrative justice and would lead to killings of innocent Nigerians in Zamfara state
- AI Nigeria's chairman, Auwal Rafsanjani, urged the president to retrieve the order and allow the law to have its course on alleged bandits
Amnesty International (AI) has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged ‘shoot at sight’ order on bandits operating in Zamfara state.
Vanguard reports that the chairman of AI Nigeria, Auwal Rafsanjani, said this on the update of protesters’ occupation of AI’s office in Abuja on Monday, August 26.
According to Rafsanjani, President Buhari’s order undermines administrative justice and would lead to killings of innocent Nigerians in Zamfara state.
He therefore called on the president to retrieve the order and allow the law to have its course on alleged bandits and not to take the place of the courts which are expected to handle such matters.
His words: “We are really in a very big mess. As you can see that the president has directed shoot at sight at any bandits which we think is undermining the administrative justice system because if somebody is a suspected criminal he or she should be arrested and prosecuted in a competent court of law. It is only the court that can pronounce him or her the kind of offences he or she has committed or given the penalty or sanctioned.
“But if the president will direct shoot at sight, this is dangerous because knowing how over-zealous security agencies are and would like to look at somebody and say he or she is a bandit, herdsman or what have you will kill the person without investigation
“We want the president to retrieve that directive because it is a dangerous directive to give to security agents... such directive is against administrative justice.”
Meanwhile, the AI boss claimed protesters at his office in Abuja were deliberately sponsored to stop AI’s operations of exposing corrupt and human right abuses practices perpetrated by some government officials.
He added that the protesters have been used as victims of corruption by the corrupt persons in government, but AI would not give in to their threats and intimidation.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state on Thursday, August 15, briefed President Buhari on the success recorded in the fight against armed bandits in the state.
Matawalle briefed the president at his residence in Daura, Katsina state.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the governor said he briefed the president about the success recorded.
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