- Old people are said to be at the receiving end of the insurgency in northeast Nigeria
- According to AI report, these old men and women are being killed by Boko Haram and even the military
- The report further said these amount to war crimes and are potentially crimes against humanity
Amnesty International has revealed the extent to which insurgency in the northeast region has affected the lives of older people.
According to the organisation, many of these old people have met difficult fate as they are mostly killed due to their inability to run when terrorists attack them.
Going further, AI alleged that older people are also targeted by the military. The report claimed these old men are being killed by the military when they raid Boko Haram controlled villages.
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Also, the report claimed that most of these older people are overlooked by the humanitarian response
AI disclosed this in its new released 67-page report titled “My heart is in pain”
“When Boko Haram has invaded towns and villages, older men and women have often been among the last to flee, leaving them particularly exposed to the armed group’s brutality and repression – amounting to war crimes and likely crimes against humanity.
“Nigeria’s military, in turn, has repeatedly shot older people to death in their own homes during raids on villages in Boko Haram-controlled areas. Thousands of older people have been denied dignity in hellish conditions in military detention, with many hundreds of them dying in squalor. These, too, amount to war crimes and potentially crimes against humanity.”
It added that many villages in areas under Boko Haram control are mostly populated by older people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) revealed what the federal government should do to address the menace of insecurity in the northern part of the country.
Speaking through its chairman, Audu Ogbeh, it said economic empowerment will solve the security challenges.
Legit.ng gathered that Ogheh who is a former minister of agriculture noted that the entire northern region has been affected by insecurity.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the festering insecurity across the 19 northern states in Nigeria had turned the northern establishment, comprising elders, academics, prominent clerics, traders, farmers and a segment of the public against President Muhammadu Buhari.
The regional leaders, who hitherto were supporters of the president, are now allegedly of the view that he has woefully failed in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the region, especially regarding the security of lives and properties.
They are, therefore calling for the president's resignation.
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