Amnesty International Reports Nigerian Military Complicit in Killing of Christian Villagers

ICC Note

Amnesty International has reported that the Nigerian military has been using jets and helicopters in an attempt to stop Fulani attacks on Christian villages. However in these attempts, they have increased the total damage and deaths experienced by Christian Villagers. The main report was on attacks in Adamawa state where more than 80 people were reported killed and over 3000 homes destroyed in multiple villages. This indiscriminate killing of all involved only makes the situation worse. 

02/02/2018 Nigeria (WorldWatchMonitor) Fighter jets sent by the Nigerian Air Force fired rockets at villages where Fulani herdsmen were attacking Christian residents, according to a report released this week by Amnesty International.

The Nigerian Air Force confirmed that jets were despatched, but said they were instructed to fire only “warning shots” to deter spiralling communal violence.

Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “Launching air raids is not a legitimate law enforcement method by anyone’s standard. Such reckless use of deadly force is unlawful, outrageous and lays bare the Nigerian military’s shocking disregard for the lives of those it supposedly exists to protect.”

Amnesty interviewed witnesses in five villages subjected to the 4 December air raids in the country’s north-eastern Adamawa State: Lawaru, Dong, Kodomti, Shafaron and Nzuruwei.

Locals provided the agency with 86 names of people they said were killed that day, and those involved in burying the victims said that 51 had gunshot or machete wounds.

 

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