1,813 Nigerians killed since January 2018-Amnesty International
London, July 2, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Amnesty International (AI) says a staggering 1,813 people have been killed in Nigeria since January 2018, in attacks across 17 states.
According to a statement issued by the group, the number is more than double of those killed in 2017.
Amnesty International also accused the Federal Government of promoting impunity.
Government not doing enough
Osai Ojigho, the group’s director in Nigeria, said that the government is not doing well in the area of protecting lives and properties.
“We are gravely concerned about the rising spate of killings across the country, especially the communal clashes between farmers and herders and attacks by bandits across at least 17 states.
“The authorities have a responsibility to protect lives and properties, but they are clearly not doing enough going by what is happening.”
“Independently verified estimated figures indicate that since January 2018 at least 1813 people have been murdered in 17 states, which is double the 894 people killed in 2017,” he added.
Investigate Plateau killings
Amnesty International also called on the government to investigate the plateau killings.
It also urged the government to ensure that those involved are arrested.
“Amnesty International’s investigations show worrying details of how frequently the security forces failed to protect villagers. In all cases Amnesty International investigated, the attackers, usually arriving in their hundreds spend hours killing people and setting houses on fire and then disappeared without a trace.
“We are at the peak of farming season, and communities affected by this wave of violence are largely agrarian. But because of fear of attacks they have either been displaced or unable to cultivate their farms, therefore their major source of food and income threatened by the attacks.”