Since the new leadership came into power, killings have persisted in a number of states. A priest from the Archdiocese of Benin City in southern Nigeria named Charles Igechi was shot and killed by assailants on June 7th in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, Edo State.
Isa Sanusi, the acting director for Amnesty International in Nigeria, expressed shock that “at least 123 lives” had been lost just a few weeks after Bola Tinubu assumed office on May 29. Sanusi emphasized that rural villages are currently experiencing terrible attacks from roving killers despite constantly bracing themselves for violence.
Sanusi emphasised the urgent necessity for the incoming administration to place a high priority on safeguarding lives and urged the appropriate authorities to act swiftly to put an end to the bloodshed taking place around the nation.
Security continues to be a major problem, especially in the North-east, which has been the target of unrelenting attacks from extremist organisations like Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) for more than ten years.
TheCable index, the statistical division of TheCable newspaper, revealed in May that 844 people were abducted and 1,228 people were killed in Nigeria between January 1 and April 30.
Other areas, including the North-west and North-central, where people are dealing with ethno-religious issues and confrontations between herders and farmers, have also seen an increase in violence.
The herder-farmer dispute has hampered alternative sources of income, interrupted agricultural production, and increased the number of displaced people. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimates that 8.4 million Nigerians, mostly in the states of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, may require humanitarian assistance in 2022.
Amnesty International charged that the government has repeatedly failed to carry out unbiased, effective, independent, and comprehensive investigations into these executions. The group criticised the government for making assurances about security measures but failing to follow through with significant initiatives to safeguard vulnerable neighbourhoods.
The Nigerian government is required to uphold the rights of all people without distinction under international and regional human rights law as well as the nation’s own constitution. This commitment includes the right to life. Amnesty International demanded that anyone suspected of committing these terrible atrocities be swiftly and fairly brought to justice.
The continuous murders and the government’s feeble response are making things worse and feeding the perception of impunity. To address the current state of insecurity and safeguard the lives and rights of every Nigerian, immediate action is required.