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    Amnesty got some of its facts wrong, says Garba Shehu on farmers-herders clashes

Amnesty got some of its facts wrong, says Garba Shehu on farmers-herders clashes

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, says the Buhari administration has reduced the clashes between farmers and herders.Shehu said this in statement while reacting to "Harvest of Death: Three years of bloody clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria", a recent report by Amnesty International.The organisation said a total of 3,641 Nigerians have been killed [...]

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    Amnesty: Policemen demanded N150k for logistics when called over herdsmen attacks in Nasarawa

Amnesty: Policemen demanded N150k for logistics when called over herdsmen attacks in Nasarawa

Some residents of Nasarawa state have told Amnesty International (AI) that policemen sent to their communities to stop attacks by suspected herdsmen asked them to pay N150,000.The residents made the allegations in a report released by AI on the conflict between farmers and herdsmen in the country.In the report released Monday, the villagers were quoted as saying the policemen who were [...]

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    Garba Shehu accuses Amnesty of damaging morale of the military

Garba Shehu accuses Amnesty of damaging morale of the military

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, has accused Amnesty International (AI) of damaging the morale of the Nigerian military with its "bias" report on the farmers-herders conflict.On Monday, the international watchdog released a report on the incessant attacks involving herdsmen and farmers in the country, saying close to 4,000 lives have been lost in the attack since 2016.It also accused government and [...]

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    Army rejects report on farmers-herders conflict, threatens to seal offices of Amnesty International

Army rejects report on farmers-herders conflict, threatens to seal offices of Amnesty International

The Nigerian army has denied a new report on killings resulting from farmers-herders conflict released by Amnesty International (AI).The army said the report is a "fabrication of fictitious allegations of alleged human rights abuses", accusing the organisation of "working hard to destabilise Nigeria".It said AI's goals are "to destabilise Nigeria and to dismember it" and that it would have no option [...]

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    Amnesty: Farmers-herders conflict led to loss of 3,641 lives due to FG’s incompetence

Amnesty: Farmers-herders conflict led to loss of 3,641 lives due to FG’s incompetence

Amnesty International says a total of 3,641 Nigerians have been killed in conflict between herdsmen and farmers in the country since January 2016.The international human rights watchdog blamed this on "gross incompetence" on the part of the authorities and failure of security agencies to respond to warning signals.In 2018 alone, over 1,000 people have reportedly been killed in attacks between herdsmen [...]

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    Inside Ogoni village where oil spill wipes off ’10 persons every week’

Inside Ogoni village where oil spill wipes off ’10 persons every week’

Eight months after she lost her daughter to oil spill, Annkio Kie (not real name) is still struggling to fight off pain and sorrow. Mary was sick for three years, after what started as mere rashes turned out to be a severe skin disease.“We couldn’t send her to the hospital because there was no money,” Kie says, staring at the [...]

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    ‘She doesn’t need Amnesty’s award’ — Myanmar defends leader

‘She doesn’t need Amnesty’s award’ — Myanmar defends leader

Government officials and citizens of Myanmar have defended Aung San Suu Kyi, their leader, after Amnesty International revoked an award given to her in 2009.The human rights group revoked the Ambassador of Conscience, its highest award, which it gave Suu Kyi during her 15-year house arrest in 2009.The group said Suu Kyi has shown indifference to the atrocities committed by [...]

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    Why we used Trump’s ‘stone video’ to justify killing of Shi’ites

Why we used Trump’s ‘stone video’ to justify killing of Shi’ites

The Nigerian army has again justified its killing of some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) better known as Shi'ites, describing a stone as a weapon.While speaking with New York Times on Friday, John Agim, acting director of defence information, said the army used the video of US President Donald Trump as a response to Amnesty International's [...]

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    Amnesty: Security forces approached IMN processions not to restore public order — but to kill

Amnesty: Security forces approached IMN processions not to restore public order — but to kill

Amnesty International says security operatives approached members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) who protested in Abuja not to restore public order but to kill them.The IMN members better known as Shi'ites have been demanding the release of Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, their leader.El-Zakzaky has been in detention since 2015 when members of the movement clashed with soldiers in Zaria, [...]

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    Amnesty asks FG to release report of ‘human rights abuse’ by military

Amnesty asks FG to release report of ‘human rights abuse’ by military

Amnesty International says the delay of the federal government to make public a report by a presidential panel on the alleged excesses of the army is an affront on citizens who are victims.In June 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari set up the Presidential Investigative Panel to Review Compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement in [...]

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    Amnesty accuses FG of silencing critics with ‘enforced disappearance’

Amnesty accuses FG of silencing critics with ‘enforced disappearance’

Amnesty International (AI) has asked the federal government to immediately release “thousands of people” who have been subjected to enforced disappearance in various parts of the country.The human rights watchdog said a lot of Nigerians are being held in secret detention facilities across the country without being tried before any court of law.It said this in a statement issued by [...]

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    Amnesty: Armed bandits have killed 371 in Zamfara since January

Amnesty: Armed bandits have killed 371 in Zamfara since January

Amnesty International (AI) says armed bandits have killed at least 371 persons in Zamfara state since January 2018.The organisation said more worrisome is that villagers claimed security agencies are in most cases informed about impending attacks with little or nothing done to prevent them.In recent years, Zamfara has been on the receiving end of attacks by armed bandits, but the [...]

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    Amnesty: 1,813 Nigerians killed since January — more than double the whole of 2017

Amnesty: 1,813 Nigerians killed since January — more than double the whole of 2017

Amnesty International (AI) says at least 1,813 people have been murdered in attacks across 17 states since January 2018, more than double of those killed in 2017.  The organisation said the federal government is not doing enough to address the killings, especially in the northern part of the country."Independently verified estimated figures indicate that since January 2018 at least 1813 people have [...]

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    Senate probes report accusing soldiers of rape

Senate probes report accusing soldiers of rape

The senate has set up an ad hoc committee to look into the allegations Amnesty International (AI) levelled against the army.The decision to look into the allegations was sequel to a motion sponsored by Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central.AI had accused soldiers and members of the civilian joint task force of abusing people, especially women, in internally displaced persons [...]

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    Borno IDPs: Soldiers raped us in camps but we were forced to deny it

Borno IDPs: Soldiers raped us in camps but we were forced to deny it

Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the north-east say they are being suppressed from opening up on the alleged sexual abuse ongoing in their camps.They have also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to send an independent investigative panel to the camps regarding the issue.Amnesty International released a report alleging that soldiers and members of civilian joint task force (JTF) demanded sex [...]

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    JOHESU strike, Leah Sharibu, Amnesty report — issues Buhari didn’t address in Democracy Day speech

JOHESU strike, Leah Sharibu, Amnesty report — issues Buhari didn’t address in Democracy Day speech

On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari addressed Nigerians in commemoration of the 2018 Democracy Day.The president talked about his administration’s achievements regarding the economy, fight against corruption and the war to end Boko Haram insurgency.But he made no mention of pertinent issues such as Leah Sharibu, who is still in Boko Haram custody, and the ongoing strike of health workers in [...]

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