CoronavirusLaw & JusticeNigeriaHuman Rights Commission Says Security Agents Have Caused More Deaths Than Covid-19

Nigerian security agents enforcing the Coronavirus lockdown directive in Nigeria have caused more death that the novel coronavirus within two weeks. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) disclosed.

In the report signed by the Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, and made public on Wednesday, the commission assessed the incidents of violation of human rights over the last two weeks.

“There were eight documented incidents of extra-judicial killings leading to 18 deaths,” it said.

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“Out of this number, 12 deaths were recorded in Kaduna State. Abia State also recorded two deaths arising from two incidents; while Delta, Niger, Ebonyi and Katsina states recorded one death each.

“Whereas COVID-19 has led to the death of about 11 patients to date, law enforcement agents have extra-judicially executed 18 persons to enforce the regulations.”

The report noted that the actions of the security agents are not in line with the rules of engagement in dealing with the civil population.

According to the report, were responsible for 90 percent of the total cases of violation as Lagos had the highest recorded cases with 28 incidents out of 105 complaints of human rights violation received and documented by the commission nationwide.

Of the 18 deaths, the Nigeria Correctional Service was responsible for eight deaths while the police were responsible for seven deaths.

The Nigeria Army, on the other hand, was responsible for two deaths while the Ebonyi State Task Force on COVID-19, Afikpo South LGA, was responsible for one death.


Beloved John (Staff Writer)

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