Rights body urges UN to help halt ex­e­cu­tions in South­ern Kaduna

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SOCIO-ECO­NOMIC Rights and Ac­count­abil­ity Project (Serap) has pe­ti­tioned UN Spe­cial Rap­por­teur Agnes Cal­la­mard on what it terms ex­tra-ju­di­cial, sum­mary or ar­bi­trary ex­e­cu­tions in South­ern Kaduna in north-cen­tral Nige­ria.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port, the group is urg­ing the UN body to “pre­vail on the Nigerian au­thor­i­ties to halt fur­ther killings of in­no­cent cit­i­zens” and call­ing for ur­gent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­cent al­le­ga­tions of killings of over 800 cit­i­zens in that part of the coun­try by sus­pected herds­men, and to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors and bring them to jus­tice.

Serap di­rec­tor Adetokunbo Mu­muni is quoted as re­quest­ing Cal­la­mard to visit Nige­ria to con­duct a fact-find­ing mis­sion into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the killings.

In the pe­ti­tion dated De­cem­ber 30 2016 and signed by Mu­muni, Serap ex­pressed “con­cern that the killings of cit­i­zens in South­ern Kaduna of Nige­ria amount to se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of the rights to life; to se­cu­rity of the hu­man per­son; to the re­spect of the dig­nity in­her­ent in a hu­man be­ing; and right to prop­erty guar­an­teed by not only the Nigerian con­sti­tu­tion but also the African Char­ter on Hu­man and Peo­ples’ Rights and the In­ter­na­tional Covenant on Civil and Po­lit­i­cal Rights to which Nige­ria is a state party”.

The pe­ti­tion reads in part: “Serap con­tends that Nigerian au­thor­i­ties have failed and/or ne­glected to re­spect th­ese hu­man rights and to ex­er­cise due dili­gence to en­sure that th­ese rights are not vi­o­lated by pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als such as herds­men and other un­known per­pe­tra­tors. The Nigerian govern­ment should there­fore be held to ac­count for fail­ing or ne­glect­ing to guar­an­tee and pro­tect the rights of the peo­ple in South­ern Kaduna, re­gard­less of whether such vi­o­la­tions are di­rectly or in­di­rectly at­trib­ut­able to the state or its of­fi­cials.

“Serap is con­cerned that the Nigerian govern­ment has failed and/ or ne­glected to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment in South­ern Kaduna to end the un­law­ful killings by fail­ing to move its le­gal and in­sti­tu­tional ma­chin­ery to­wards the ac­tual re­al­i­sa­tion of th­ese rights.

“It is in fact the fail­ure by the govern­ment to take ad­e­quate mea­sures to pre­vent the vi­o­lence which has con­trib­uted to the in­creas­ing num­ber of vic­tims.

“Serap be­lieves the killings wouldn’t have taken place if Nigerian au­thor­i­ties had taken mea­sures to pre­vent them hap­pen­ing.”

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