A new report by the Amnesty International (AI) has revealed that no fewer than 1,126 villagers have been killed by bandits across Nigeria in 2020.
AI released this report which shows reading from january to June 2020, in the early hours of today
It said about 380 people were also abducted by the bandits.
The northern states have been more in the news of recent for Incessant attacks, which have been blamed on bandits.
Many have lost their lives and others have been kidnapped, which has caused a lot of people to flee their homes and take cover in hotels.
Amnesty International said while security operatives did not heed warning signs about some impending attacks, relevant authorities have failed to bring the killers to justice and this “fuels impunity”.
It further noted that the Nigerian authorities have left rural communities at the mercy of rampaging gunmen who have killed at least 1,126 people in the north of the country since January.
It said the worst hit place is south of Kaduna State, where armed men killed at least 366 people in multiple attacks between January and July 2020.
Osai Ojigho, AI country director, said the failure of security forces to take sufficient steps to protect villagers from these “predictable” attacks is “utterly shameful”.
“In addition to the security forces’ failure to heed warnings or respond in time to save lives, the fact that no perpetrators have been brought to justice leaves rural communities feeling completely exposed,” she added.
It said despite the president’s claim that security agencies have been tasked to end the killing in a bid to ensure that Nigerians can go to bed with their eyes closed, it is clear that nothing has changed.
According to a Organisation, theybahave interviewed residents in Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara states, who said they “live in fear of attacks and abductions as insecurity escalates in rural areas”.
It quoted residents as lamenting how security forces often arrive “hours after attacks have ended, even when officers have been given information about impending attacks”.