Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:55 am
Amnesty International has called for the urgent probe of the shooting and killing of members of the Shi’ite religious group in Zaria, Kaduna state, by the Nigerian army.
“Firearms should only be used as a last resort, if strictly unavoidable in order to protect life. It is crucial that the authorities refrain from using excessive force and ensure that anyone responsible for unlawful killings is brought to justice in fair trials.”
Nigerian security forces have a history of carrying out unlawful killings and other human rights violations. In the course of security operations against Boko Haram, Nigerian military forces have committed serious human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity in north east Nigeria.