DAILY FILE – The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, Agnes Callamard, on Monday highlighted the need for the Nigerian authorities to take urgent actions to end violence.
“Nigeria needs urgent action to end the pressure cooker of violence which is ending thousands of lives,” she said.
The country has been rocked with deaths of its citizens in recent months mainly through rising crime, communal clashes and insurgency.
The official said Nigeria’s inability to tackle issues such “as internal conflict and patterns of lack of accountability” will allow these spread throughout the sub-region, due to the nation’s important role on the continent.
She disclosed her current findings based on her investigation of arbitrary killings in Nigeria “are not too different from that of her predecessor, Philip Alston who wrote his in 2006.”
“In 15 years, far more progresses should have taken place for a country such as Nigeria, which is a middle income country,” she said.
She added that many of her predecessor’s findings are still very relevant.
She said Mr Alston reported that Nigeria (in 2006) had problems with (police) investigation, coroner’s inquiries, prosecution, judiciary and detention.
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