United Nations sends message to Buhari govt over herdsmen killings in Nigeria

Ms. Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has called on Buhari Government and the international community to pay special attention to the lingering violence in north-central Nigeria.

(NAN), quotes the UN official as saying that she called the conference to share her findings on “arbitrary deprivations” in the country..

According to her, the crimes committed in the northeast are not just against the victims and the Nigerian state.

She called for trust in the Justice sector, saying that distrust could lead to the proliferation of vigilante groups and cases of jungle justice in the country

Callamard urged government to ensure access to justice for victims of human rights violation, and expressed happiness at the positive signs in the north-east demonstrated by the decrease in the number of killings over the last years.

She said that Nigeria was currently being confronted by regional and global pressures, saying that the situation could be blamed on population explosion, increased number of people living in poverty, climate change, desertification and the increased proliferation of weapons.

The UN official said that the step taken by the government to consider ranching and increased security in the country was a welcome development.

She also called for more attention to the herders/farmers conflicts to check its spread, urging government to also look for a shorter immediate solution to the humanitarian crisis enveloping some parts of the country.(NAN)

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