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Amnesty International tackles FG over incessant abductions

Amnesty International tackles FG over incessant abductions


Amnesty International Nigeria has condemned the failure of the government to protect citizens amid the insecurity across the country.

The organisation, which made the condemnation in reaction to the latest reports of mass abductions in the country, called on the government to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe release of the abducted persons, and to promptly investigate the causes of the recurrent abductions, publish the result of the findings, and ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice.

“Mass abductions in Nigeria this week of more than 400 displaced people in Borno State and 287 students and teachers in Kuriga, Kaduna State, are a shocking indictment of the authorities’ persistent failure to protect people from attacks by armed groups that have killed thousands of Nigerians in the last five years,” AI said in a statement on Friday by its Media Communications Assistant, Michael Christian.

“The organisation is calling on the Nigerian government to take all necessary measures to ensure the safe release and return of those abducted to their families. Authorities must also promptly, thoroughly, impartially, independently, effectively, and transparently investigate the recurring cases of abductions in many parts of the country, make public the findings of any investigation and ensure that the suspected perpetrators are brought to justice in fair trials,” it added.

Amnesty’s Country Director, Isa Sanusi, had earlier lamented the failure of the government to protect the citizens, stating that the latest abductions showed that the Tinubu government had no effective plan to end years of atrocities committed by gunmen and bandits.

Sanusi stated: “The latest mass abductions clearly show President Bola Tinubu and his government have no effective plan for ending years of atrocities by armed groups and gunmen that are increasingly having a free reign across many parts of Nigeria. Whatever security measures are being implemented by President Tinubu and his government are clearly not working.

“Given the rising level of insecurity in Nigeria today, it is obvious that protecting lives and property is low on the list of government priorities. People should not be left to live in fear of the next attack or abduction. The Nigerian authorities’ consistent failure to protect people is completely unacceptable and must end.”

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