Over 375 People killed by Boko Haram in 2017 alone – Amnesty International
Apparently countering claim by the Federal Government of defeated dreaded insurgent sect, Boko Haram, Amnesty International has disclosed that no fewer than 375 civilians have been killed by the sect this year.
The group gave the figure in reaction to the suicide attack at a mosque in Mubi, Adamawa state, on Tuesday, which left more than 50 persons dead.
According to Osai Ojigho, Nigeria’s Director for Amnesty International, in a statement, said the insurgent group have carried out 55 attacks in the troubled Northeast part of the country between January and November.
AI who condemned Boko Haram for its incessant attacks on civilians, said Tuesday’s attack is another instance of the sect unlawful disregard for human lives, calling on the insurgent group to stop targeting the lives of civilians.
“Today’s attack appears to be yet another example of Boko Haram’s continued unlawful disregard for human life,” Mr. Ojigbo stated.
“Boko Haram must immediately stop the targeting of civilians and must be held accountable for all the atrocities it has committed, including the use of children for suicide missions.”
Describing the Mubi attack as the deadliest in recent time, AI condemned Boko Haram for killing civilians when they were observing prayers in the mosque.
“This is the deadliest attack on civilians by the militant group since the start of the year, It is deplorable that the attack was launched at a time when civilians were congregating for dawn prayers,” AI noted.
Mr. Ojigho said since 2010 Amnesty International has been documenting human rights abuses and serious violations of international humanitarian law by Boko Haram that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.
“This year Boko Haram has killed 357 civilians during 55 attacks in northeastern Nigeria. The deadliest month was in August, when the militant group killed 100 people, followed by November, with 76 people killed already,” he added.
“While no group has claimed responsibility for this today’s deadly attack, it bears all the hallmarks of the Boko Haram atrocities documented over the years by Amnesty International.
“This wanton and deliberate targeting of civilians must end. All parties to the ongoing conflict in northeast Nigeria, including Boko Haram, are bound by the rules of international humanitarian law, which explicitly prohibits any direct attacks against civilians and civilian objects.”