Insecurity: Amnesty Int’l report claims 1,126 killed, 380 abducted in 7 northern states

Insecurity: Amnesty Int’l report claims 1,126 killed, 380 abducted in 7 northern states

- A new report by Amnesty International says not less than 1,126 people have been killed in seven northern states

- The international human organisation also claimed that 380 villagers mostly women and children were reportedly abducted

- Since the beginning of the year, rural dwellers have lost their lives following the rampaging insecurity in the north

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A report by Amnesty International claims that not less than 1,126 people have lost their lives since the beginning of the year following the rampaging insecurity in seven northern states.

According to Nigerian Tribune, the report revealed that the rural dwellers lost their lives in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara, while 380 villagers mostly women and children were reportedly abducted for ransom.

The international organisation in its recent findings also stated that those who couldn't meet up with the ransom met an untimely death.

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Going further, the organization claimed that insecurity is worsening in the north and explained that it is due to the authorities leaving the communities poorly-policed.

Insecurity: Amnesty Int’l report claims 1,126 killed, 380 abducted in 7 northern states
IGP Mohammed Adamu
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The group in a statement by Osai Ojigho, the country director said for years attacks on rural communities in the north have been going on.

Ojigho went on to note that the present failure of security forces to take steps to protect villagers from these attacks is shameful.

The report further stated that the worst villages affected are in the south of Kaduna state, where 366 people were killed in multiple attacks by armed men between January and July 2020.

Giving a break down of the killings AI said since January 2020 no fewer than 77 people have been killed in the ongoing communal clashes between the Jukun and Tiv ethnic groups in Taraba state.

The organisation said on May 28, gunmen attacked four villages in Sabon Birni local government area, Sokoto state and reportedly killed at least 74 people.

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“On 6 August, at least 22 people were reported killed when gunmen suspected to be herders attacked four communities n Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state. “More than 100 people were killed in July during 11  suspected coordinated attacks in Chikun, Kaura and Zangon-Kataf local government areas of the state.

"At least 16 people were killed in Kukum-Daji on 19 July 2020, in an attack that lasted for five minutes when attackers  hot sporadically at villagers," it added.

The AI country director warned that these attacks have caused massive displacement and food insecurity in the affected states.

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Meanwhile, reported that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, on Friday, August 21, reiterated his earlier suggestion that Nigerians should be allowed to carry AK-47 rifles due to the security challenges faced in most parts of the country.

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The governor repeated his stance while addressing journalists in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. He insisted that Nigerians need to be licenced to bear AK-47 rifles for self-protection and defence, in view of the general insecurity in the country.

In a related development, as part of measures to improve the security situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N13.3 billion for the commencement of community policing across the country.

Laolu Akande, a spokesperson of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday, August 20, disclosed that the government was already implementing measures to ensure the funds are utilized effectively.

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