Amnesty International has slammed the Federal Government of Nigeria and the security agencies for failing to investigate the recurring killings of innocent people by the South-East regional security outfit, Ebubeagu. This was contained in a statement by its spokesperson, Isa Sanusi.
The body was reacting to the alleged killing of seven youths by Ebubeagu in Imo State on Sunday. The human rights group faulted the Federal Government of Nigeria for attributing the killings to members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) rather than carrying out proper investigations.
It added that it has documented several cases of extrajudicial executions by law enforcement officers and members of the Ebubeagu security outfit responding to the violence in the South-East. The Director, Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, stated saying; “It is horrifying that unarmed young men who clearly posed no threat to anyone were gunned down, in utter disdain for the right to life. Such killings cannot be justified under any circumstances whatsoever.
“Nigerian authorities must end these unlawful killings. Authorities must promptly, thoroughly, and transparently investigate the killings and bring to justice, in fair trials, anyone suspected of criminal responsibility. Authorities must also ensure access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families.
“At least seven friends including two siblings were allegedly extrajudicially executed by members of the Ebubeagu state security outfit at Awomamma community in Oru East Local Government of Imo State on 17 July 2022.
“Instead of launching proper investigations into these killings, security and government officials are often quick to claim victims of extrajudicial executions were caught up in shoot-outs or simply label them members of the Eastern Security Network, the armed wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) whom they blindly refer to as unknown gunmen.
“International law requires Nigerian government to promptly investigate unlawful killings with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice,” Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria concluded.
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