• Over 1100 Villagers Killed by Bandits in Northern Nigeria in 2020
• Relevant authorities have failed to bring the killers to justice
Amnesty International (AI) says bandits have killed at least 1,126 villagers across Nigeria in 2020.
Over 1,100 villagers killed in Nigeria in 1st half of 2020
A new report released by the human rights watchdog on Monday said the killings were carried out from January to June 2020 during which about 380 people were also abducted by the bandits.
Incessant attacks across some northern states which have been blamed on bandits have left many either dead or kidnapped, including those who have had to flee their homes and take cover in hotels.
Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen
Amnesty International said while security operatives did not heed warning signs about some impending attacks, relevant authorities have failed to bring the killers to justice — and this “fuels impunity”.
“The Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen who have killed at least 1,126 people in the north of the country since January,” the report read.
“Amnesty International has documented an alarming escalation in attacks and abductions in several states in north west and north central Nigeria since January 2020.
“Worst affected are villages in the south of Kaduna State, where armed men killed at least 366 people in multiple attacks between January and July 2020.”
”The President claims he has repeatedly tasked security agencies to end the killing so that Nigerians can go to bed with their eyes closed, but clearly nothing has changed.”
The organisation said it interviewed residents in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara states, who said they “live in fear of attacks and abductions as insecurity escalates in rural areas”.