Govt’s inaction has turned Rivers to killing field – Amnesty

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Amnesty International said on Thursday the “failure” of the Rivers State government to prosecute criminal gangs including cultists has led to an increase in cult-related killings in the state.

The rights watchdog in a statement urged the government to protect residents from violent gangs who are literally getting away with their crimes, including murder

The organization expressed deep concern that the authorities are doing “little or nothing” to address cult-related violence in the state.

Amnesty International said at least 60 people were killed in various parts of Rivers State including Khana and Gokana local government areas last year.

The Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria unit, Osai Ojigho, said findings by the organisation revealed the government is still not doing enough to protect the citizens from violent groups.

She said: “The authorities have failed to bring those responsible for these horrific crimes to justice and have allowed a climate of impunity to fuel further violence

“The government has an obligation to defend and protect the people; its failure to provide security for people in Rivers state especially in Emohua, Khana and Gokana local government areas and its failure to investigate and prosecute those responsible for these killings created an atmosphere of fear and bloodshed in the region.

“In a few cases where the Nigerian security agencies did respond to the armed gang clashes, their response is always slow and inadequate. Residents informed Amnesty International that gang clashes usually last for 2 – 3 hours while security forces always arrive hours after the clashes ended.

“The Nigerian authorities must perform their duty of providing security and must ensure justice through impartial and independent investigation, and adequate reparations for the victims of this violence, including the families of those killed.

“We call on the Nigerian authorities to take more robust action to stop these attacks by investigating every clash and bringing perpetrators to justice.”

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Umar Abdulkarim
1 month ago

Stop confusing you self 


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Otee Elijah
1 month ago

Improvement is expected


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Ogunlade Adeleye
1 month ago

They should have taken actions 


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Ikande Richard
1 month ago

This is truly spoken of you


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Emmanuel Daniel
1 month ago

AAA government


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Lilian Ahanonu
1 month ago

Mad ooooooooookooo


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Turned rivera


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This is truly spoken of you


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Eko Success
1 month ago

Very challenging


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Government should not be mute about killing is citizens, Na wah


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Government needs to take this serious 


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Joseph Isong
1 month ago

All these killing is a signal that the government has failed in their primary duty of protecting lives and property of it citizens.


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Government inaction


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After an hour's the gang clashes ended the security forces will arrive, this funny self.


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There is more to it, why would  a state Governor  harbour criminals  is on like them. 


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Organisation expressed


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