Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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    Amnesty: Soldiers killed IPOB members who resisted arrest of Kanu

Amnesty: Soldiers killed IPOB members who resisted arrest of Kanu

Amnesty International (AI), human rights organisation, has alleged that soldiers killed some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Umuahia, Abia state capital on September 14.According to a report released by the organisation, the military said those killed attempted to resist the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the group.Kanu made his last public appearance on September 14, 2017. [...]

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    INTERVIEW: This govt is becoming intolerant of opposition, says Amnesty International director

INTERVIEW: This govt is becoming intolerant of opposition, says Amnesty International director

In the last few months, there have been allegations bothering on human rights abuses across the country: from extrajudicial killings to maltreatment by security agencies as well as government's perceived slow response to crisis. At least 150 Nigerians have lost their lives in situations which commentators say the government could have prevented. Osai Ojigho, country director of Amnesty International, spoke [...]

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    Falana: This govt is failing in its ‘most basic’ duty

Falana: This govt is failing in its ‘most basic’ duty

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, says the government is failing in its "most basic" duty of protecting citizens.The lawyer said this while reacting to a claim by Amnesty International that the deployment of soldiers in various communities had resulted in “excessive use of force, unlawful killings and extrajudicial executions.”Osai Ojigho, country director of the organisation, had said that at least 35 [...]

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    Amnesty: Herdsmen getting away with murder… they’ve killed 168 people this year alone

Amnesty: Herdsmen getting away with murder… they’ve killed 168 people this year alone

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 [...]

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    Amnesty on herdsmen killings: It’s not enough for govt to make pronouncements

Amnesty on herdsmen killings: It’s not enough for govt to make pronouncements

Amnesty International has condemned the wave of violence in the country, asking the federal government to punish all those involved.According to the organisation, over 80 people were killed between January 1 and January 5 in Benue, Rivers, Taraba and Kaduna alone.In a statement signed by Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, the human rights organisation clamoured for accountability [...]

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    Amnesty: There must be justice for the 347 Shi’ites ‘killed by military’

Amnesty: There must be justice for the 347 Shi’ites ‘killed by military’

Amnesty International (AI) has urged the federal government to ensure justice is done over the “unlawful killings" of hundreds of Shi'ites in Kaduna two years ago.Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) clashed with the military between December 12 and December 14, 2015.Speaking on Tuesday in commemoration of the two-year anniversary of the incident, AI regretted that “no one [...]

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    Nigerians have only 24 hours to stop devastating NGO bill, Amnesty warns

Nigerians have only 24 hours to stop devastating NGO bill, Amnesty warns

If Nigerians fail to rise up against the proposed law to regulate activities of civil society organisations (CSOs), the effects will be devastating, Amnesty International has warned.Amnesty said the bill is capable of "shrinking the freedom of Nigerians".Despite the opposition the bill has faced, the house of representatives announced on Monday that it would push through with a public hearing, having passed [...]

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    #EndSARS: Listen to Nigerians and probe police brutality, Amnesty tells FG

#EndSARS: Listen to Nigerians and probe police brutality, Amnesty tells FG

Amnesty International (AI) has called on the federal government to investigate the alleged crimes perpetrated by the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).SARS is a unit of the Nigeria police created to fight violent crimes.Nigerians in their numbers have taken to the social media to express discontent over the activities of the squad which they say have remained "lawless" and "careless with [...]

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    Amnesty charges national assembly to pass ‘long overdue’ anti-torture bill

Amnesty charges national assembly to pass ‘long overdue’ anti-torture bill

Amnesty International has called on the national assembly to ensure the speedy passage of the anti-torture bill which has been at the national assembly since 2012.The organisation made the call on Tuesday at a symposium and moot court competition organised in partnership with faculty of law, Base University, in Abuja.The bill, which aims to criminalise torture and other inhuman treatments, [...]

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    Shell kicks as Amnesty calls for its probe over ‘horrific crimes’ in Ogoni

Shell kicks as Amnesty calls for its probe over ‘horrific crimes’ in Ogoni

Amnesty International (AI) has accused Shell Development Company of Nigeria of complicity in the “horrific crimes” committed by the Nigerian military in Ogoniland.AI said its records, internal company documents, and witness statements show Shell played a role in the “murder, rape and torture” of some citizens in Ogoni.A statement issued by the organisation on Tuesday said the findings are contained [...]

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    Trial of Boko Haram suspects must be fair, says Amnesty

Trial of Boko Haram suspects must be fair, says Amnesty

Amnesty International says the trial of Boko Haram suspects must be fair.The trial of some Boko Haram suspects commenced behind closed doors on Monday.In a statement on Wednesday, Osai Ojigho, the human rights watchdog’s Nigeria director, said the trial of the suspects held behind closed doors raised concerns.“These trials should provide a much-needed opportunity to deliver justice for the many [...]

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    Amnesty: Panel investigating army must make findings public

Amnesty: Panel investigating army must make findings public

Amnesty International (AI) says findings of the judicial panel set up to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the Nigerian army must be made public.After allegations of extrajudicial killings were levelled against the military by AI, the federal government had set up a commission to probe the claims.The commission, which is headed by Biobele Georgewill, a justice of the court of [...]

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    Amnesty: Shell withholding evidence crucial to Ogoni Nine case

Amnesty: Shell withholding evidence crucial to Ogoni Nine case

Amnesty International says oil giant Shell has refused to hand over 100,000 documents on the arrest, detention, and execution of nine men by the military regime of late Sani Abacha.Ken Saro-Wiwa, outspoken author and playwright, Barinem Kiobel, John Kpuine and six others were hanged in 1995 by the Abacha regime.They are collectively known as Ogoni Nine.On June 28, four widows led [...]

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    Amnesty: Boko Haram has killed 223 civilians in Nigeria since April

Amnesty: Boko Haram has killed 223 civilians in Nigeria since April

Amnesty International, human rights watchdog, says Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria have lead to the deaths of at least 223 civilians since April.The organisation added that the real figure might be higher because some attacks might have gone unreported.“Between May and August, seven times’ more civilians were killed than in the preceding four months, while 100 civilians were killed in [...]

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    Amnesty: Hundreds of people held in secret detention across Nigeria

Amnesty: Hundreds of people held in secret detention across Nigeria

Amnesty International, human rights watchdogs, says hundreds of people are being held in secret detention across Nigeria.In a statement issued to mark the international day of the disappeared, the organisation said enforced disappearances were being used to instill fear into civilian population living in areas of the country wracked with conflict and insecurity.“The organisation fears that hundreds of people are [...]

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    Finally, US sells $593m warplanes to Nigeria

Finally, US sells $593m warplanes to Nigeria

The US has sold warplanes and weapons worth $593m to Nigeria.According to Reuters, the Pentagon notified the US Congress on Monday of the sale to Nigeria of 12 Super Tucano A-29 planes and weapons.The Super Tucano A-29, an agile, propeller-driven plane with reconnaissance and surveillance as well as attack capabilities, is made by Brazil’s EmbraeThe news agency said the move [...]

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