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  • Updated: March 28, 2024

HURIWA seeks justice for victims of Plateau Christmas eve massacre

HURIWA seeks justice for victims of Plateau Christmas eve ma

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has charged the Nigerian Police and relevant security operatives to ensure justice for victims of the Plateau State Christmas Eve massacre.

HURIWA in a statement signed by its National Coordinator Emmanuel Onwubiko, on Thursday, said responsible security agencies should not go silent on the case until the perpetrators are brought to book.

Onwubiko demanded that the police disclose the names of those apprehended and sent to court and make public those apprehended in their custody.

He said, "The Chief law enforcement officer of the Federation who is the inspector General of Police has a legal responsibility to inform Nigerians on the identities and numbers of suspected perpetrators of the mass murders on Christmas Eve of last year in Plateau State that have been charged to court even as the particulars of the charges should be publicised. 

"We are concerned that the police and other security forces may simply fail to follow up and carry out evidence-based investigations to generate top-rated convincing and unimpeachable evidence to convict the killers who slaughtered Plateau State natives in their large numbers and thereby undermine the rule of law and provide escape routes for these terrorists to escape the long arm of the law and to continue to carry out their agenda of mass killings and genocide. 

"The recent court order freeing 313 terrorists in Borno State by a federal High Court based on tardiness on the part of the prosecution team, has become the usual methodology of the nation's law enforcement operators thereby undermining the constitution and letting mass killers to continue to enjoy freedom and probably carry out more attacks."

HURIWA said the demand for public disclosure and accountability is informed by the scandalous contradictory media statements by the police since the dastardly criminal act of terrorism happened in well over 17 communities of Plateau State therefore creating doubts and uncertainty in the minds of Nigerians regarding what exactly the law enforcement agencies have done to apprehend the terrorists who carried out the killing of over 200 villagers who were preparing for the 2023 Christmas festivities in their communities. 

The group warns that any attempt to hide the information on the suspected killers of Plateau natives on Christmas Eve would amount to impunity and lawlessness which Nigerians should reject and then insist that justice must be done to the victims and survivors of those coordinated and well-planned mass killings of Plateau state natives by suspected armed Fulani militiamen

"We will continue to present our public demand for accountability because letting these large-scale pogroms slide and then the victims forgotten,  would mean that Nigerians have lost the sense of collective national outrage against impunity. We appeal to Nigerians to defend the rule of law and to always speak out and hold government accountable."

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