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1,336, Killed, 29,554 Displaced In Plateau Within 3-Month – Amnesty International



1,336, Killed, 29,554 Displaced In Plateau Within 3-Month – Amnesty International

-Describes Nigerian Govt Incompetent

The Amnesty International has described the Nigerian government as incapable and incompetent enough to the extent that it could not even investigate the incessant killings in Plateau State.

Country Director, Amnesty International Nigeria, Isa Sanusi made this remark on Thursday in Jos while presenting finding of their research on the recent deathly attacks on Plateau State held at Eliel Center Rayfield Jos.

According the Sanusi, the summary of their findings in three Local Government Areas of Barkin Ladi, Bokkos and Mangu of the state shows that a total of 1, 336 persons were killed, while 29,554 persons displaced.

“From December 2023 to February 2024 1,336 People were killed , 533 women killed, 263 children killed and 540 men killed while a total number of people displaced is 29,554 out of which 13,093 are children and while 16,461 women were displaced.

Amnesty international, however, in their findings accused government of not putting priority in protecting the lives of it’s citizens.

“While President Ahmed Bola Tinubu promised to implement new measures to address riding insecurity in the country, the attacks in Plateau state and other parts of Nigeria highlight that safeguarding lives and property are not in the top priorities of nigerian government.

“And we say it again and again, protecting people is not the priority of nigerian government. But we are saying it again and we will continue to say it until people are saved, until people are protected from these attacks.

“Government officials always issue statements condemning the attacks and that is not enough at all because genuine commitment has to be put in place. Because human life is not something that you take and bring it back. When people are killed, they are killed.

The Country Director however recommend that government must investigate these incidents impartially and ensure Justice for the victims and survivors and their families.

According to him, the Nigerian authorities must ensure that suspected perpetrators of the Attacks are brought to justice through fair trail.

Also on the recommendation to include that people displaced must be provided with adequate humanitarian support and children’s education must be continued.

He added Nigerian authorities must investigate the security lapses that enabled gunmen to carry out attacks and get away with it.

He conclude by saying that the attacks and conflict in Plateau State must never happen again.