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Amnesty Int'l Slams Nigeria, Says Hundreds Forcibly Disappeared To Instill Fear

31 Août 2017

Ojigho said it feared that hundreds of people were being held in secret detention in Nigeria, a conduct it said was prohibited under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons From Enforced Disappearance.

AI noted that Nigeria is a state party to the International Convention and called on the Federal Government to release details on the fate and whereabouts of all victims of enforced disappearance.

According to AI, the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) said at least 600 of its members' whereabouts remain unknown since the group clashed with the military in Zaria, Kaduna State, in December 2015.

The world observes the International Day of the Disappeared on August 30 each year in which a number of international bodies and organisations in the fields of human rights activism and humanitarian aid participate that include Amnesty International (AI), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The country director also highlighted the allegations of human rights abuse levelled against the military during the clash that reportedly led to the killing of over 300 Shiites in Zaria in December 2015.

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Ibrahim Aliyu, who said his three brothers' whereabouts or fate is not known since 2012 after arrest by state security services also told AI that, "Before my three brothers disappeared, we used to contribute money to support our extended family". I have to do everything: Take care of their families and provide for our mother.

Amnesty's Middle East research director, Philip Luther, said: "The plight of those who have vanished after being arrested by the authorities or detained by armed groups is a tragedy that has been largely ignored internationally".

"For example, Malama Zainab Isa said that her husband, Abdullahi Abbas, and their six (6) children's whereabouts or fate is not known since the night of December 14, 2015 following the clashes in Zaria. Sometimes I feel I can't bear the pain anymore". Up to now, we don't know their fate.

On the International Day of the Disappeared, Amnesty International said it is calling on the Nigerian authorities to investigate all cases of enforced disappearances and bring all those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice in fair trials before ordinary civilian courts without recourse to death penalty. Regrettably, people continue to be victims of enforced disappearances and we have no idea regarding the whereabouts of many of them.

Amnesty Int'l Slams Nigeria, Says Hundreds Forcibly Disappeared To Instill Fear