Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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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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    Humanitarian crisis in north-east has become an industry, says Shehu Sani

Humanitarian crisis in north-east has become an industry, says Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, senator representing Kaduna central, says the humanitarian crisis in the north-east "has turned into an industry".He said the crisis in the region is now a source of money for government officials as well as local and international organisations.Shehu said this on Thursday while speaking at the launch of a new report by Amnesty International detailing how internally displaced [...]

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    Amnesty: Soldiers raping women in IDP camps… thousands starving to death

Amnesty: Soldiers raping women in IDP camps… thousands starving to death

Thousands of women and girls who survived Boko Haram violence in the north-east are being abused by the Nigerian security forces, according to Amnesty International (AI).In a report unveiled in Abuja on Thursday, the organisation said investigations showed how women, young girls and children were “raped and starved to death” by soldiers in various internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps.The report [...]

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    Presidency questions credibility of Amnesty’s report on rape

Presidency questions credibility of Amnesty’s report on rape

The presidency says Amnesty International's report alleging human rights violation by Nigerian security agencies is inherently battling with credibility, falling vehemently short of evidential narration.Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, made this position known in a statement in Abuja.Amnesty will on Thursday release the report titled 'They Betrayed Us: Women who survived Boko Haram [...]

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    Seek justice for Zakzaky beyond Nigeria, Amnesty Int’l tells IMN

Seek justice for Zakzaky beyond Nigeria, Amnesty Int’l tells IMN

Amnesty International (AI) has advised the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) to seek justice for  Ibrahim Zakzaky, its leader, and members held in detention by the Kaduna state government, outside the Nigerian judiciary.Osai Ojigho, AI country director, who spoke in an interview on The Osasu Show with Osasu Igbinedion, asked the group not to relent until it exhausts all options [...]

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    Amnesty kicks against plan of Onitsha NBA to give awards to ‘human rights violators’

Amnesty kicks against plan of Onitsha NBA to give awards to ‘human rights violators’

Amnesty International (AI) says the proposed recipients of the human rights award by the Onitsha, Anambra state, branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) are undeserving of the awards.In a statement on Monday, AI described the recipients as “human rights violators” whose actions it says “bring up memories of torture and other forms of cruel and unlawful treatment”.It added that [...]

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    Amnesty: Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences in sub-Saharan Africa

Amnesty: Nigeria imposed the highest number of death sentences in sub-Saharan Africa

Amnesty International has described death penalty as discriminatory, saying the country imposed the highest number of death sentences in sub-Saharan Africa.There are currently 2,285 Nigerians awaiting execution.Ossai Ojigho, country director of the organisation, said this on Thursday at the presentation of the 2018 Amnesty International death penalty report 2018 in Abuja.Ossai observed that despite Nigeria’s security challenges made evident through [...]

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    Amnesty urges FG to ‘never again’ let Dapchi incident reoccur

Amnesty urges FG to ‘never again’ let Dapchi incident reoccur

Amnesty International (AI) has asked the federal government to learn from the abduction of some schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state, by protecting schools in the north-east.On Wednesday, 105 girls out of 110 were released. Five are said to be dead and one is still missing.Osai Ojigho, AI director in Nigeria, described the release of the girls as a huge relief [...]

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    Amnesty: Military failed to act, officers fled — hours before Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted

Amnesty: Military failed to act, officers fled — hours before Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted

Amnesty International (AI) says the Nigerian military was aware of the presence of Boko Haram insurgents in Dapchi, Yobe state, hours before 110 schoolgirls were abducted.The organisation said its investigation revealed the security forces “failed to act” on advance warnings that a convoy of Boko Haram fighters was heading towards Dapchi on the day of the abduction.The insurgents raided the [...]

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    Amnesty ‘uncovers’ serious negligence by Shell, Eni in Niger Delta oil spills

Amnesty ‘uncovers’ serious negligence by Shell, Eni in Niger Delta oil spills

Amnesty International (AI) has accused Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Italian oil giant Eni of “serious negligence” in cases of oil spills in the Niger Delta region.In its latest research, AI said the "irresponsible approach" of the two companies to oil spills in the Niger Delta is worsening the environmental crisis and the plight of those affected.Mark Dummett, business and [...]

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