Monday, June 21, 2021

Human rights commission condemns Plateau killings, tasks gov’t on solution


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Jos zone, has condemned the recent killings in Plateau, describing it as “barbaric and totally unacceptable.”

The Zonal Coordinator of the commission in Plateau, Veronica Abe, made the commission’s position known in a statement on Wednesday in Jos.

Mrs 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.

She 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.

She 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 warned against reprisal attacks by aggrieved communities and appealed for calm.

NHRC is saddled with the responsibility of promoting and protecting human rights in the country.


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