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Security Operatives Kill 18 Nigerians In 2 Weeks- Says National Human Rights Commission

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National Human Rights Commission said 18 people have been killed by security operatives in the process of enforcing of lockdown imposed across different parts of the country as part of measures to control the spread of COVID19.
The human rights body said this in the report of its assessment of the enforcement of lockdown declared over COVID-19 pandemic and incidents of violation of human rights over the last two weeks noting that more Nigerians have been killed by the security operatives than the dreaded pandemic since the enforcement of the lockdown began across the country.
In the report signed by its Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu said there were eight documented incidents of extra-judicial killing leading to 18 deaths.
He said Out of this number, 12 deaths were recorded in Kaduna State. Abia State also recorded two deaths arising from two incidents; while Delta, Niger, Ebonyi and Katsina states recorded one death each.
Out of the 18 deaths, the National Human Rights Commission said the Nigeria Correctional Service was responsible for eight deaths while it blamed the Nigeria Police Force for the other seven.
The human rights body also said the Nigeria Army was responsible for two of the deaths while the Ebonyi State Task Force on COVID-19, Afikpo South LGA was responsible for one death.
NHRC puts the blame for over 90 per cent of cases of violations on the police, followed by the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Correctional Service and other non-state actors.
It also noted that the highest incident of violations of rights was Lagos State with 28 incidents out of 105 complaints of human rights violation received and documented nationwide.

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