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Rights Commission concerned at terror surge

21 March 2014, 10:08

Abuja - The Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) condemned the recent escalation of violence and terror in the country.

It particularly raised concern at the attacks on and killing of school children in Federal Government College Buni-Yadi in Yobe State and other schools in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

The council also condemned the abduction of women and adolescent girls in acts of extremist violence by non-state state actors and the killing of at least 119 persons in attacks against villages and human settlements in Southern Kaduna.

Other incidents of violence condemned by the Governing Council of the Commission include the killing of more than 100 people in attacks by yet-unknown gunmen on villages and human settlements in Katsina State and the killing of innocent citizens in various places in Benue State by yet-to-be identified gunmen.

The Council urged Government at the Federal and State levels to take urgent steps to arrest this situation, ensure effective deterrence and accountability for these atrocities and improve the institutional capabilities for protection of the lives and property of all persons in Nigeria.

It also called for the protection of the institutions of democratic governance.

The recommendations followed the rights body’s first statutory meeting in Port Harcourt in the Rivers State.

– CAJ News

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