Amnesty International condemns killing of Nigerians

International Human Rights group Amnesty International has condemned the execution of a Nigerian woman, Kudirat Afolabi for drug trafficking in Saudi Arabia.
In a statement posted on it official Twitter handle, the group noted that since 2014, 8 Nigerians have been executed including 7men and 1 woman.
According to Amnesty International the highest number of execution was recorded in 2018 with the execution of 5 Nigerians.
The Human Rights group urged the Saudi Arabian government to put an end to the act of violence.
In a similar vein, Amnesty International condemned the killing of a Lagos Resident, Kolade Johnson by an operative of the special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARZ).
The group noted that the Nigerian Justice system has failed to curb the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit.
“Kolade Johnson is the latest victim of the SARS police unit which has become notorious for extrajudicial killings, torture, and extortion,” said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.
“This appears to be an unlawful killing which must be impartially and thoroughly investigated, with any officers suspected of criminal responsibility for wrongdoing brought to justice in a fair trial before an ordinary civilian court.
It is shameful that more than two years since Amnesty International highlighted crimes under international law and human rights violations by SARS, these shocking incidents continue unabated.”

It noted that the Nigerian authorities must investigate the killing of the young man shot dead by the “notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police unit” while he was watching a televised football match in Lagos.
Amnesty International said it has documented a pattern of grave rights violation carried out by SARs since 2016.

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