A recently released report by Amnesty International has revealed that over 3,000 people have been killed in Nigeria due to farmer-herder crisis in the last three years.
The human rights organization has blamed this menace on the failure of the government to punish criminals igniting the violence, resulting mostly from land ownership struggles.
According to the report, “The Nigerian authorities’ failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice has fuelled a bloody escalation in the conflict between farmers and herders across the country, resulting in at least 3,641 deaths in the past three years and the displacement of thousands more”.
It went on to accuse the Nigerian security forces of not living up to their duties saying about 300 attacks have been recorded from 2016 to 2018 mostly in Adamawa, Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, and Plateau States.
“Security forces are often positioned close to the attacks, which can sometimes last for days, and yet have been slow to act,” it said.
Country Director of the organization; Mr. Osai Ojigho in his words said “The Nigerian government has displayed what can only be described as gross incompetence and has failed in its duty to protect the lives of its population.
“Our research shows that these attacks were well planned and coordinated, with the use of weapons like machine guns and AK-47 rifles”.
The Nigerian army has however refuted the report, accusing Amnesty International of “unfounded allegations against the leadership of the Nigerian military”.
Spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement that Nigerians should ignore the report which he said was intended to “destabilize and dismember” the country.
“The Nigerian Army will have no option than to call for the closure of Amnesty International offices in Nigeria if such recklessness continues,” he warned.
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