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Amnesty’s Int’l criticises Nigeria’s rights records

The Amnesty International has criticised continuing human rights violations by the authorities in Nigeria. In an annual report for 2015/2016 presented yesterday in a briefing…

The Amnesty International has criticised continuing human rights violations by the authorities in Nigeria.
In an annual report for 2015/2016 presented yesterday in a briefing chaired by Ambassador Mohammed K. Ibrahim, Amnesty said cases of extra-judicial killings, unlawful detentions; torture; forced evictions and discrimination remained rampant within the period under review.
The report highlighted among issues in key areas such as armed conflict; communal violence; use of excessive force; justice system; housing; women’s rights; freedom of expression; and corporate accountability.
Amnesty international said over 1000 persons were killed by the Boko Haram sect while it destroyed 3,700 buildings in the period.
The report claimed that Boko Haram captured more territories in the North-East and targeted markets; transport hubs; bars; restaurants and places of worship in cities in North-East including Abuja, Jos, Kano and Zaria.
Amnesty estimated that there are over 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Nigeria as a result of the insurgency.
Amnesty regretted the oil pollution in the Niger-Delta and the failure to begin the clean-up of Ogoniland.

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