Amnesty international seek FG to prosecute culprits of Plateau killings

The Amnesty International has said the Federal Government must investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of the killings in Plateau State and other parts of the country.

The AI said the killings had worsened because the Federal Government failed to bring the perpetrators to book, urging the devastated communities not to go on a reprisal.

Over 27 persons were murdered in Nkiedonwhro community in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The killings, which occurred from last Friday till Sunday, happened barely 48 hours after the state government imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew.

The military, through the Nigerian Air Force, had on Thursday deployed its troops and fighter aircraft – L-39ZA and EC-135 – in the area to curtail the crisis.

The air force spokesperson, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, had said the step was a directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to the air force on the Plateau incident.

The AI Nigeria Director, Osai Ojigho, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, said the killers struck with impunity because none of them had been arrested and successfully prosecuted.

She added that the police must step up in its constitutional responsibility of protecting the citizens so as to end the “ over-militarisation” of the country.

Ojigho said, “The first thing is that killings in any part of Nigeria should not be tolerated at all. Why there is impunity on the part of these killers is because no one has been successfully investigated and prosecuted. So, the killings continue.

“So, until the government empowers and directs the police to actively maintain peace and order as well as ensure that cases reported in this wise are investigated and the perpetrators brought to book, the killings will continue.

“We have always advocated that the police should be allowed to do their job. We have seen the over-militarisation of functions left to be handled by the police. In this situation where the military is said to be involved, the police’s role still has not disappeared.

“Ultimately, it is the police that should prosecute these killers and offenders and not the military. As long as we call on the authorities to rise to their work, we say to the communities that there is no need for a reprisal.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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