Nigerian police out of control charges Amnesty International: The Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2012 p 6. November 15, 2012Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of Nigeria, Terrorism.
Tags: Amnesty International, Boko Haram
The Nigerian government’s heavy handed response to Boko Haram’s terror campaign was violating the civil liberties of Muslims claims the international human rights group Amnesty International.
The 1 November 2012 report, Nigeria: Trapped in the cycle of violence, documented the crimes of the Islamist terror group, which is seeking to impose Sharia law on the West African nation and drive out Christians from the country’s North. It also lambasted the government for what it called serious human rights violations carried out by the security forces including enforced disappearance, torture, extrajudicial executions, the torching of homes and detention without trial.
The report follows the news of the latest terror attack which left eight people dead and over one hundred injured in a suicide bombing of St Rita’s Catholic Church in Kaduna.
According to a report printed in the Daily Trust, Fr. Michael Boni, the rector of St Rita’s, said the church was unexpectedly left unguarded on 28 Oct. “We only had the catholic cadets who secure the area on Sundays during service,” he said from his hospital bed, noting that unlike previous four Sundays, the police were not at their posts during the worship service.
Fr. Boni said that the attack came as the sign of the peace was being exchanged when a lone bomber rammed an explosive-packed car into the outside wall of the church. “I moved to bring out the Holy Communion and at that point I can’t say what happened because there was pandemonium everywhere, people stamping on one another to gain access to outside.
“So all I noticed was that I was drenched in blood completely, I thought at first that my left eye is blown off, because the eye was covered in blood and I could not see, but I quickly recovered as people came to my aide, they even asked me where my car key was so that they could take me to the hospital and remarkably, I remembered where the keys were and they brought me to the hospital,” he said.
In its report, Amnesty International said the situation had become intolerable. “The cycle of attack and counter-attack has been marked by unlawful violence on both sides, with devastating consequences for the human rights of those trapped in the middle,” said its Secretary General, Salil Shetty.
“People are living in a climate of fear and insecurity, vulnerable to attack from Boko Haram and facing human rights violations at the hands of the very state security forces which should be protecting them,” he said.
The government of Nigeria must take effective action to protect the population against Boko Harem’s campaign of terror in northern and central Nigeria, but they must do so within the boundaries of the rule of law. Every injustice carried out in the name of security only fuels more terrorism, creating a vicious circle of murder and destruction,” said Mr. Shetty.
“Only by clarifying the truth about events, establishing accountability for abuses, and bringing to justice those responsible can confidence in the justice system be restored and human rights be guaranteed.”