AMNESTY: BANDITS KILLED 1,126 NIGERIANS IN SIX MONTHS

Written by on August 24, 2020

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHDOG, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (AI), HAS DISCLOSED THAT BANDITS KILLED 1,126 VILLAGERS IN NIGERIA BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE 2020.

IN REPORT ISSUED BY ITS DIRECTOR, OSAI OJIGHO, THE RIGHTS GROUP SAID THE MOST AFFECTED VILLAGES WERE IN SOUTHERN KADUNA, WHERE IT CLAIMED THAT BANDITS KILLED AT LEAST 366 PEOPLE DURING THE PERIOD UNDER REVIEW.

THE REPORT DISCLOSED THAT THE GROUP INTERVIEWED CIVILIANS IN KADUNA, KATSINA, NIGER, PLATEAU, SOKOTO, TARABA AND ZAMFARA STATES.

AI QUOTED THE RESPONDENTS AS SAYING THAT THEY LIVED IN FEAR OF ATTACKS AND ABDUCTION.

THE GLOBAL RIGHTS BODY ALSO ADDED THAT MANY OF THOSE INTERVIEWED DESCRIBED HOW SECURITY FORCES OFTEN ARRIVED HOURS AFTER ATTACKS HAD ENDED, EVEN WHEN OFFICERS HAD BEEN GIVEN INFORMATION ABOUT IMPENDING ATTACKS.


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