Amnesty International reports that 112 people were killed, 160 were abducted, and thousands were displaced in Kaduna and Plateau states from July to August 5, 2021.
An international human rights group blamed the development on the Nigerian authorities’ failure to protect the right to life.
In spite of clear signs that there will be retaliatory attacks, not enough is being done to prevent bloodshed, fueling the cycle of violence.
In addition to releasing statements and condemning attacks after they happen, the government should bring attackers to justice and bring suspects to justice, said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria.
An investigation by Amnesty International found that at least 78 people were killed and 160 kidnapped by bandits between July 3 and August 5, 2021, in Kaduna State, including 121 students of Bethel Baptist Church High School.
At least 34 people have been killed in Plateau State, including 7 herders who were attacked on July 1 at Dogon Gaba, and 2 others lynched while searching for their missing cow in Fusa Village.”
Villagers from farming communities told Amnesty International that retaliation is sometimes targeted against innocent people who don’t know anything about the attack.
On July 31 and August 1, 2021, a retaliatory attack killed at least 17 people and displaced hundreds of people in farming communities in Bassa and Riyom LGAs, Plateau state.
Amnesty International was informed by a 39-year-old farmer that gunshots have been heard in his village since Monday following the attack. “We don’t know why we were attacked, so I had to relocate with my family to the IDP camp.”
“The slow and ineffective response by security officials is contributing to attacks and reprisals in the state, and they are getting away with crimes.
“Nigeria’s authorities must act quickly to prevent such attacks from happening. The slow response of security forces is clearly increasing casualties. How long will people have to live in fear as such brutal attacks continue?”