SERAP: Buhari Can End Killings By Herdsmen If He Wants to

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 20, 2018

A statement issued by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, said it was totally wrong for Asake to pass judgment on decision or actions of the Buhari led administration.

The group said Mr. Buhari's refusal to "talk to Nigerians directly" is raising speculations as to whether the government is shielding the perpetrators or not from justice.

"It is important to ensure that any policy to tackle the problem is not used as a ploy to undercut the possibilities of justice and reparation for victims and their families".

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has called on Federal Government to consider "the rights of victims of unlawful killings and their families" in it effort to prevent and combat attacks by herdsmen across the country. Over 70 people have been killed in Benue in 2018 in attacks by suspected herdsmen. "But it has to be made clear that victims of attacks apparently by herdsmen are entitled to effective remedies regardless of whether they bring their claims against the government in an individual or collective capacity". "Buhari needs to speak directly to Nigerians and particularly to the countless victims and their families".

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It would be recalled that Bishop Oyedepo, who had on Sunday openly condemned the incessant killing of Nigerians by the Fulani herdsmen, placed a curse on the herdsmen for the carnage, destruction and death they had visited on several communities across the country with the massacre of 73 people in Benue communities on New Year being one of the latest in the group's attacks.

A statement signed by SERAP's Deputy Director, Mr Timothy Adewale, in Abuja said that the trust fund would be an important first step towards justice for victims and their families.

"It is an imperative demand of justice that the responsibility of the perpetrators of the unlawful killings and destruction of property be clearly established and the rights of the victims and their families sustained to the fullest possible extent".

The police commissioner in Benue State, Bashir Makama, a few hours after the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was deployed by the president to address the insecurity in Benue State and neighbouring Nassarawa, where armed herdsmen also invaded informed PREMIUM TIMES that the police are, "concentrating their energy and resources towards the safe return of recently displaced residents to their communities".

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