Amnesty International: How soldiers, inmates raped children, women in prisons

Security agents and inmates are sexually violating children and women at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks in Borno State. This is contained in a report of investigation conducted by Amnesty International (AI) which exposed sexual violence against children and women by security agents and inmates at the two highsecurity prison facilities. According to the report, thousands of civilians arrested because of alleged links to the Boko Haram group are at Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison and Giwa Barracks. The investigation also found that scores of children are being unlawfully…

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Group reacts to Amnesty International’s comments on Kano Elections

West African Network of Election Observers (WANEO), a coalition of Civil Society Organizations involved in election monitoring in the sub-region, has reacted to the remarks of Amnesty International over the conduct of Kano governorship supplementary election. In a communique issued by the group, it said the elections were generally free and fair across the country although there were a few challenges experienced across the country. “That there is a need to improve the electoral process further especially as it relates to the uniform application of the Electoral Act. That network…

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Nigerian Army wants Amnesty International offices in Nigeria closed

The Nigerian Army has called for the closure of the Amnesty International offices in Nigeria, alleging there is credible evidence the organisation is working hard to destabilise the country. The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman said in a statement on Monday that the organisation’s attempt to destabilise the nation was noted through fabrication of fictitious allegations of alleged human rights abuses against the Nigerian security forces. Usman also alleged the AI had engaged in clandestine sponsorship of dissident groups to protest, as well as unfounded allegations against the leadership of…

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Killings: Amnesty Accuses FG Of Impunity, Says Over 1,813 Killed Since January

Global human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Government of encouraging the impunity fueling the increasing insecurity in the country by failing to hold murderers to account. The group said in a statement on Thursday that independently verified figures indicate that at least 1,813 persons have been murdered across 17 states, which is double the 894 people killed in the entire 2017. They explained that the killings are usually the result of the farmers-herders conflict and Boko Haram attacks, as well as armed banditry among others. “We are…

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Fulani herdsmen have killed 168 people in 2018- Amnesty International

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Amnesty International says clashes between farmers and herdsmen have resulted in at least 168 deaths in 2018 alone. In a statement on Monday, Osai Ojigho, country director of the organisation, called on the government to find a lasting solution to the crisis. “The Nigerian authorities’ response to communal violence is totally inadequate, too slow and ineffective, and in some cases unlawful,” Ojigho said. “Clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna have resulted in 168 deaths in January 2018 alone. “Hundreds of people lost their lives…

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