Amnesty International reacts to killing of Shiites, advises Buhari on what to do

Again, the Nigeria chapter of Amnesty International has reacted to the violent attack between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) and officials of the Nigeria Police Force which went bloody on Monday in Abuja.

At the time of this report, it was gathered that a senior police officer was killed by the protesting group while three Shiite members were reportedly killed.

Reacting, Amnesty International condemned the violent demonstration, calling on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to follow the path of rule of law instead of violence.

The group said, “Images of #IMN supporters being driven from the streets of Abuja with gunfire demonstrates once again the Nigerian authorities’ resolve to use lethal force rather than the rule of law in addressing the grievances of the IMN. #Abuja #FreeZakzaky #Nigeria #Shiites”

In December 2015 after a violent attack between the Shiite members and members of the Nigerian Army where several members of the group were killed, Amnesty International called on the APC-led government to urgently investigate the carnage.

Mr. M.K. Ibrahim, Director of Amnesty International, Nigeria had said, “Whilst the final death toll is unclear, there is no doubt that there has been a substantial loss of life at the hands of the military.”

“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.”

Similarly, in April 2018, the human rights group after a bloody protest condemned the reaction of the Nigerian police to the Shiites protests.

After July 22, 2019 protest, Amnesty said, “The Nigerian govt must promptly investigate in an independent and impartial manner the police shootings and bring to justice all those suspected of criminal responsibility in fair trials. The police must exercise restraint at all times and use force only when strictly necessary.”