Shiites: Groups seek UN Intervention

An advocacy group, Access to Justice (A2J) and the Network on Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN) yesterday, November 4, requested the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, to visit Nigeria, saying the nation’s human rights and security situation may jeopardise 2019 elections.

The groups asked the UN to act fast to stem what they called Nigeria’s deteriorating human rights situation, following the recent killings of members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Shiites, members by soldiers.

They alleged that the military had, over the last four years, committed widespread and massive atrocities against civilian populations as well as members of minority religious and political organizations.

The groups also accused the Federal Government of Nigeria of failing to hold military officials accountable for the atrocities allegedly committed.

“This failure has emboldened the military, amplified the culture of impunity within it, and ostensibly encouraged the military to expand and deepen its violent crackdown against members of the IMN,” they said.

The groups, in their letter to the UN Secretary-General, reminded him that Boko Haram was once a “fringe, low-lying religious group in Nigeria that subsequently radicalized into a violent terror group after a rash of summary and extra-judicial killings of their leaders and members by government law enforcement and security groups.”

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