- UN Secretary General condemns Plateau killings
The Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Government of encouraging the gruesome killings by failing to hold the perpetuators accountable.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Director Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said over one thousand people have been killed in 17 states.
According to Ojigho, this number doubles the figure of people killed in 2017.
Ojigho stated that, “The death tolls reflect killings as a result of farmers-herders conflict, communal clashes, Boko Haram attacks and banditry.
“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 property, but they are clearly not doing enough going by what is happening.”
The Plateau Killings
Ojigho stated: “The latest incident in Plateau State, where armed gunmen attacked 11 villages on June 23 for at least seven hours and killed at least 200 villagers without intervention from security forces should be investigated.
“That the violence in Plateau started after an attack, which was followed by reprisals from Thursday, June 21 shows unacceptable security lapses.
“Despite the deployment of security forces, including the military in over 30 states, the escalation of these attacks shows that whatever is being done by authorities are not working.
“There is urgent the need for people who are suspected of committing crimes to be held accountable.”
The International agency called on the Nigerian Government to put all apparatuses in place to combat insecurity.
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, has expressed worries over the spate of killings across Africa especially the recent attacks in Plateau state claimed over 100 lives.
Guterres, in a statement on Thursday, through his spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, urged the government and stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the conflicts.
The UN chief described the conflicts across Africa as detrimental to regional stability.
The statement read, “The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the increasing frequency, intensity, complexity and geographic scope of violent conflict between farmers and herders, as well as related banditry, extortion and cattle rustling, in several countries across West and Central Africa.
“He condemns the resulting loss of life, property and livelihoods, as well as population displacement, which undermines peaceful coexistence between communities in many of the affected countries.
“It is also detrimental to regional stability.
“The Secretary-General stresses that all attacks targeting civilians violate international humanitarian law.
“He urges all concerned governments, regional organizations, civil society and other relevant actors to work together to find acceptable and lasting solutions to these conflicts, in full compliance with existing regional regulatory frameworks and international humanitarian and human rights law.
“The Secretary-General expresses the solidarity of the United Nations with the people and governments of the affected countries.
“He reiterates the readiness and commitment of the United Nations to support national and regional efforts to resolve disputes between farmers and herders,” Guterres stated.
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