Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project has sent an open letter to all permanent representatives and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, urging them “to initiate and actively support the urgent holding of a special session of the council to address the ongoing killings by suspected herdsmen and/or unknown persons in Nigeria.
The organisation urged the council to adopt a resolution to “condemn in the strongest possible terms the ongoing killings and revenge attacks on innocent Nigerians and residents by suspected herdsmen and or unknown persons as well as the ongoing impunity enjoyed by suspected perpetrators.
In the letter, dated June 26, 2018 and signed by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, SERAP stated that proposed measures are necessary because several calls by Nigerians asking the authorities to end the killings and attacks have largely gone unheeded for too long.
Meanwhile the Norwegian Refugee Council Country Director, Cheick Ba said over 4,000 internally displaced persons are at the risk of contracting malaria and diarrhea at Dikwa Resettlement Camp in Borno State.
The refugees, comprising mainly women and children, are sheltering in the open while being screened after fleeing military operations in the border areas with Cameroun.