Falana urges Buhari to investigate reported bombing of civilians by military

Falana urges Buhari to investigate reported bombing of civilians by military

- Femi Falana faults the Nigerian government for failing to effectively secure the protection of the right to life, liberty and security of citizens

- He states that the government's failure to secure the lives of Nigerians is a serious breach of the government’s human rights obligations and commitments

- Nigerian Air Force denies Amnesty International’s allegations of killing dozens in airstrikes

A senior lawyer, Femi Falana, has called on Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the reports by Amnesty International which alleged that some Nigerians were killed during air attacks launched by the military on villages ravaged by communal violence while clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Adamawa state.

Falana raised concerns that the killings may go unpunished, as law enforcement and security agencies are rarely held accountable for serious human rights violations, Nigerian Tribune reports.

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He said: “In failing to put in place appropriate and credible law enforcement measures to prevent killings, and fully investigate and punish perpetrators, the Nigerian authorities have neither respected, nor met their national and international legal obligations, including to exercise due diligence to protect human rights.”

“This government cannot secure effective protection of the right to life, liberty and security of the person without a serious political investment in a public security with respect for all human rights. Indeed, true security requires full protection of all human rights for all.

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He said the government failure to secure the lives of Nigerians was a serious breach of the government’s human rights obligations and commitments.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has condemned the Amnesty International (AI) over a recent report claiming that officers in the north-eastern state of Adamawa committed human rights abuses against villagers around Numan in Adamawa state on December 4, 2017.

NAF said it was unfortunate that a highly respected international organisation would make such 'unfounded allegations'.

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Source: Naija.ng

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