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Nigeria’s condemnation of civil society organisations likely to increase kidnap, death and injury risks for NGO workers

19 December 2018


The Nigerian government and military have severely criticised the activities of Amnesty International (AI) after it published on 17 December a report on violence between farmers and herdsmen which accused the authorities of "failing in their obligation to protect the lives of Nigerians".

The report by the human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) noted that because of the violence 3,641 deaths had occurred between January 2016 and October 2018, with 2,082 killed in 2018 alone. AI's director for Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said the escalation was fuelled by a "failure to investigate communal clashes and bring perpetrators to justice" even when clear information was available.

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