… Amnesty International says over 112 people were killed in Plateau, Kaduna in one month

…160 others abducted, thousands displaced in two states from July to August 2021

…78 killed, 160 including 121 school children abducted in Kaduna between July 3 and August 5

… Asks FG to bring attackers to justice instead of issuing statements, condemning attacks

AMIDST recent killings in Plateau and Kaduna states respectively, an international human rights organization, Amnesty International has said that no fewer than112 people were killed and thousands displaced from July to August 5, 2021, in communities in the two states. In a statement issued yesterday, Amnesty International said the massacre in the two states was due to the failure of Nigerian authorities to protect lives and properties which it said enabled the bloody attacks in some communities in Plateau and Kaduna states.

The organization said despite signs of retaliatory attacks, not enough was done to avert the bloodshed, thereby fuelling the ongoing circle of violence in the affected states. It, therefore, asked the federal government to bring perpetrators of the violent attacks to book, before issuing statements to condemn attacks. “At least 112 people were killed, 160 abducted and thousands displaced in communities in Kaduna and Plateau states from July to 5 August 2021. “Our findings show that despite clear signs that there will be retaliatory attacks, enough is not being done to prevent the bloodshed, thereby fueling the ongoing circle of violence. “Beyond issuing statements and condemning attacks after they happen; government needs to rein in attackers and bring suspects to justice,” the Director, Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho said.

“Amnesty International’s investigation shows at least 78 people were killed and 160 abducted by bandits between July 3 and August 5, 2021, in Kaduna state including 121 schoolchildren of Bethel Baptist Church High School. “At least 34 people have been killed in Plateau State, including seven herders who were attacked on July 1 at Dogon Gaba while two others were lynched at Fusa Village while trying to locate their missing cow. “Villagers from farming communities informed Amnesty International that innocent people and communities that know nothing about the attacks are sometimes targeted for reprisal”, the statement added.

Amnesty added that a retaliatory attack on July 31 and August 1 “led to the killing of at least 17 people and displacements of hundreds in farming communities in Bassa and Riyom Local Government Areas of Plateau state.” It would be recalled that over the past few weeks, some communities in Kaduna and Plateau states have witnessed a surge in the killings and destruction of properties. As a result, the state governor, Simon Lalong asked security agencies to be ruthless with criminals while the Kaduna state government recently encouraged residents to embrace peace and break the cycle of violence in the state.

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