New York - The United Nations human rights watchdog voiced concern on Friday about violence in north-eastern Nigeria that has inflicted numerous casualties and displaced civilians.
The warning from the office of the high commissioner for human rights follows killings of about 200 civilians in the fishing village of Baga in Borno State, where allegations arose that the Nigerian army killed scores of civilians in a raid against Islamist militants.
The UN said the Nigerian government should refrain from excessive force in the ongoing violence between Christians and Muslims.
"The office of the high commissioner called on the Nigerian government to make sure its efforts to achieve security are in full compliance with human rights principles," said Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
The office praised the Nigerian government for forming a committee to coordinate talks with Muslim militant organisation Boko Haram, which is suspect in numerous deadly attacks in recent years.