END THESE ATTACKS NOW: NHRC TELLS FG, SECURITY AGENCIES

Posted: 2016-12-29

Time has come for the government and security agencies to ensure effective protection of lives and properties of defenseless Nigerians who have been victims of incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen in the country, Ag Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah has said.


Ovrawah who made this call in Abuja while reacting to the recent report of the attacks by suspected herdsmen which led to loss of lives and properties in Southern Kaduna, Kaduna state as well as similar reports in different parts of the country noted that the government and the security agencies must act fast to put a stop to these callous acts.

She called on security agencies to be more proactive, professional and more committed in the discharge of their duties in containing persistent attacks by herdsmen, adding that there is an urgent need to prioritize preventive measures to curtail these attacks.

Mrs. Ovrawah stated that the Commission having received some complaints on alleged attacks by herdsmen was partnering with other stakeholders to work out amicable solution to these avoidable attacks.

She noted with regret that the incessant attacks led to thousands of deaths accompanied by countless cases of displacements. The Ag Executive Secretary advised communities to embrace the age long beneficial relationship of peaceful coexistence and to desist from taking arms against themselves.

Observing that conflicts were usually fueled by human rights abuses, Oti noted addressing those abuses requires an inevitable process of peace building.


Fatimah Agwai Mohammad

Head, Media Relations.

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