Amnesty International reveals over 100 persons killed in Kaduna, Plateau clashes in past month

Amnesty International reveals over 100 persons killed in Kaduna, Plateau clashes in past month

The human rights organisation, Amnesty International has revealed that at least 112 persons have been killed; and about 160 kidnapped following bloody attacks in Kaduna and Plateau states within the last one month.

This was contained in a communique issued on Tuesday, August 10; while attributing the deaths to failure on the part of Nigerian authorities to live up to their obligation to protect the right to life.

Amnesty International stated that the authorities’ failure enabled a month of bloody attacks on both farmers and herders, in parts of Kaduna and Plateau states.

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“At least 112 people were killed, 160 abducted and thousands displaced in communities in Kaduna and Plateau states from July to 5 August 2021.

“Our findings show that despite clear signs that there will be retaliatory attacks, enough is not being done to prevent the bloodshed, thereby fueling the ongoing circle of violence. Beyond issuing statements and condemning attacks after they happen; government needs to rein in on attackers and bring suspects to justice,” Osai Ojigho said Director Amnesty International Nigeria.

The NGO further noted that its investigation shows at least 78 people were killed; and 160 abducted by bandits between 3 July and 5 August 2021 in Kaduna state; including 121 schoolchildren of Bethel Baptist Church High School.

Amnesty International further noted that no fewer than 34 persons lost their lives in Plateau state; including 7 herders who were attacked on 1 July at Dogon Gaba; and 2 others who were lynched at Fusa Village while trying to locate their missing cow.

“Villagers from farming communities informed Amnesty International; that, innocent people and communities that know nothing about the attacks are sometimes targeted for reprisal.

“A retaliatory attack on 31 July and 1 August 2021, led to the killing of at least 17 people; and displacements of hundreds in farming communities in Bassa and Riyom LGAs, Plateau state,” the statement reads in part.

Leaders of some Fulani herders’ communities in Plateau state told Amnesty International that the inaction of the security officials contributed to the recent retaliatory attacks in the state.

“The slow and ineffective response by security officials is contributing to the attacks and reprisal in the state; people are getting away with crimes,” the agency added.


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