The Amnesty International, Nigeria Office has condemned the killing of the Adamawa State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, by the Boko Haram insurgents.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, a faction of Boko Haram had killed Mr Andimi in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.
In its reaction, the global watchdog, in a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Tuesday, described the incident as appalling.
Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, said: “Amnesty International is appalled by reports that Reverend Lawan Andimi, the chairman of a local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), was killed by Boko Haram yesterday.
“With this horrific murder, and an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks, Boko Haram has again shown its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life. These deplorable crimes must not go unpunished.
“It is appalling that Boko Haram followed up the killing of Rev. Lawan Andimi on Monday with an attack on his village – in Chibok local government Borno state. Targeting civilians is a crime under international law.
“Boko Haram must immediately stop its attacks on civilians. All those responsible for war crimes and other human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair trial.”
“The Nigerian authorities must re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of civilians still detained by Boko Haram.”
“Since December last year, Boko Haram has been escalating attacks on civilians, commuters, and infrastructure and humanitarian facilities across northeast.”