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Baga - U.S., ACN Seek Probe of Rights Violators
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:10:27 AM »
The United States has called on the federal government to ensure that all human rights violators in the process of dealing with the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria are made to face justice.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, during a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, at the State Department in Washington, yesterday expressed concern at the abuse of human rights and extra-judicial killings that have accompanied the fight to stop Boko Haram.

Kerry spoke against the backdrop of the widespread condemnations that have trailed the report that about 190 people were killed last week in a gun duel between the Islamic militants and troops of the Multinational Task Force (MTF) in Baga, Borno State.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) also called for a probe into the allegations that foreign troops were involved in the killings at Baga, where military chiefs visited yesterday in a bid by the government to determine the death toll in the incident that has been put at between 36 and 190 by the MTF and other sources.

To stem the tide of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Baga clash, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Nigeria Red Cross have set up camps in the community to assist in the resettlement of the residents.

However, amid the calls for a probe into the Baga killings, the House of Representatives also Thursday passed a resolution asking the federal government to construct a perimeter fence across Nigeria's borders with neighbouring countries in a bid to tackle the growing insecurity in the country occasioned by terrorist attacks by Boko Haram.

The House passed the resolution on a day security agencies accused gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram of killing no fewer than 11 persons, including six policemen, in attacks on two towns in Borno and Yobe States.

According to a statement from the Nigerian Embassy in the US, Kerry, during his meeting with Ashiru, harped on the need for Nigeria to ensure that civilian population and innocent neighbours of Boko Haram members are not made to suffer bodily injuries, loss of lives and property in the anti-terror war.

He also expressed hope that the 2015 elections for which preparations are already being made, would be a remarkable improvement on those of 2011.

He expressed concern at the recent pardon granted some former high profile convicts and also urged that democratic and human rights protection institutions are strengthened through constant upholding of the rule of law.

Ashiru, in his remarks, assured Kerry that Nigeria was taking adequate steps to protect the civilian population in the terror-prone north.

He added that the government was making efforts to open up areas for economic development and generating employment, especially in northern Nigeria, as a long term strategy to eradicate the susceptibility of the population to easy recruitment into Boko Haram.

See the full article at http://allafrica.com/stories/201304260199.html


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Baga - U.S., ACN Seek Probe of Rights Violators
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