Amnesty International Reacts To Sokoto Killings, Lists 3 Things FG Is Doing Wrongly
With the growing concerns over the killing of many Nigerians especially the recent attack on travels in Sokoto, Amnesty International has said that tasks issued to security operatives by the president have not changed anything.
Punch reports that Amnesty International in a statement condemned the killing of Nigerians and the gruesome murder of travellers along the Gidan-Bawa road in Sokoto state.
Amnesty International listed some of the specific reasons why Nigeria is yet to achieve success in its plan to end insecurity across the country.
Some of them are:
1. Perpetrators not brought to justice
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The global rights group has said that President Muhammadu Buhari's administration has failed to bring perpetrators of killings and most of the evil acts against citizens to justice.
According to the group, some of the tasks issued to the security agencies by the president have brought zero change.
The organisation said:
“Amnesty International is appalled by killing of dozens of travellers in Isa local government Sokoto state. According to the Sokoto government, 23 persons died of injuries sustained from burns after bandits shot at a bus conveying travellers from Sokoto to Kaduna.
2. Rural communities left at the mercy of rampaging gunmen
The present administration has also been accused of leaving residents of various rural communities affected by insurgency, kidnapping and banditry.
Amnesty International said, in the last two years residents in rural communities have been violently forced to either flee their farms and homes.
The organisation said:
"The Nigerian authorities’ failure to stem the violence is costing people’s lives and livelihoods, and without immediate action, many more lives may be lost."
3. Security forces' failure to respond to earlier warning signs
Killing of 322 police, 642 soldiers, indicate we are in very difficult circumstances, Northern Elders lament
Amnesty International said that the failure of security forces across the country to respond to early warning signs have led to the loss of many lives in the country.
Amnesty International said:
“In addition to the security forces’ failure to heed warnings or respond in time to save lives, the fact that no perpetrators have been brought to justice leaves rural communities in Sokoto state and other parts of the north feeling completely let down and helpless."
Sokoto leaders write President Buhari over killings
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some leaders from Sabon Birni local government area have written President Buhari over the security crisis in Sokoto state.
The leaders said the mindless killings by terrorists have left them traumatised, recalling the killing of 80 people in just one night by the criminals.
The letter came hours after bandits had ambushed a vehicle, set it on fire and watched the passengers burn to death.
Nigerian Air Force moves against bandits operating in Sokoto
Troops of the Nigerian Air Force have succeeded in leading an aerial bombardment of bandits' hideouts in Sokoto state.
During the operation, the wife and mother of a notorious bandit popularly known as Bokkolo in the state were reportedly trapped as fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force bombarded his residence.
Air Force which launched its attack in a joint operation with the Nigeria Army, Air Force, Police, DSS, among others succeded in killing many lieutenants of the bandits in Sokoto state.