- The National Human Rights Commission has spoken about recent killings in Plateau state
- The zonal coordinator of the commission in Plateau, Veronica Abe, described the killings as barbaric and totally unacceptable
- The group noted that it is saddened that the sanctity of human life is no longer upheld
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Jos zone, on Wednesday, June 27, condemned the recent killings in Plateau, describing it as “barbaric and totally unacceptable.”
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the zonal coordinator of the commission in Plateau, Veronica Abe, made the commission’s position known in a statement in Jos.
Abe stated that “NHRC is saddened that the sanctity of human life is no longer upheld", pointing that many Nigerians had died from sectarian crises, Boko Haram killings and farmer-herders conflict.
She lamented that the perpetrators of such heinous crimes were hardly brought to book to serve as deterrent to others nursing such evil intentions.
Abe pointed out that the senseless killings and the abuse of the rights of Nigerians to life was threatening the country’s democracy and that people no longer feel safe to go about their lawful duties due to fear, an impediment to their fundamental rights.
Thee zonal coordinator called on Plateau government and the security agencies in the state to find lasting solution to the incessant killings and the loss of property as government owed its citizens protection and security.
She also warned against reprisal attacks by aggrieved communities and appealed for calm.
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NHRC is saddled with the responsibility of promoting and protecting human rights in the country.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the US strongly condemned the attacks in Plateau in which no fewer than 86 people were killed and several others injured.
The US in a statement by Heather Nauert, spokesperson for the US Department of State, said the perpetrators of the attacks should be brought to justice.
“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of civilians and destruction of property in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region over the weekend.
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