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ISWAP: Group chides UN over report on extra-judicial killings in Northeast

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The Coalition of Civil Society on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Nigeria has rubbished the recent report by the United Nations about corruption, describing it as a written script to favour Islamic terrorists and some looters.

The Human Rights Committee of the United Nations (UN) had in a recent report accused the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari of not doing enough to stem what it termed high level of corruption, killings and human rights violations among others by various agencies of government.

The UN had in the report queried the Federal delegation led by the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Amb. Audu Ayinla Kadiri, on the killings of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly, acknowledged and known as Shiites.

However, the Coalition of Civil Society on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights said upon receipt of the report of the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations states that the conclusion arrived by the committee was not at best a reflection of the issues on the ground as it concerns high level of corruption, killings, and human rights violations.

The coalition in the report jointly signed by Chijioke Ude Esq, Secretary-General and Kolawole Oso Head, Civil Military Affairs, said the UN in its report failed to touch on the activities of foreign NGO’s operating in North East Nigeria.

It asserted that the United Nations Committee on Human Rights failed to act in the best interest of women and children who have been at the mercy of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist in northeast Nigeria and other sundry issues on national interest.

The report read in Part:

The report was released after its review of the implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in Nigeria.

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE UN REPORT:

The UN queried the Federal delegation led by the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations Office at Geneva, Amb. Audu Ayinla Kadiri, on the killings of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly, acknowledged and known as Shiites.

On liberty and security of persons, the committee sought clarifications on arrests carried out in the absence of a warrant and the related regulations and safeguards. Lengthy pre-trial detentions remained a problem, and information on this matter was needed.

THE POSITION OF THE COALITION OF CIVIL SOCIETY ON CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN NIGERIA:

The Coalition of Civil Society on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights upon receipt of the report of the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations states that the conclusion arrived by the committee is not at best a reflection of the issues on the ground as it concerns high level of corruption, killings, and human rights violations.

As a Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on conflict resolution and human rights in Nigeria, it is sufficing to state that there has been proper documentation of issues as they relate to the execution of the war against terrorism and other militant groups in Nigeria since 2015.

In the areas highlighted in the United Nations report, the Coalition of Civil Society Organisations on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights had before now commissioned a total of four types of research under the various sub-themes in a bid to stay abreast of the happenings and to be able to hold government accountable at all times. The sub-themes are:

• Human Rights Violations

• Extra-Judicial Killings

• Corruption

• Activities of Non-Governmental Organisations operating in North East Nigeria

• The Non-Commitment of the United Nations Authorities towards protecting women and children in a conflict zone.

The Coalition of Civil Society on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights in Nigeria having extensively researched on the various issues canvased by the United Nations Committee on Human Rights states that the United Nations are indeed the guilty party having for inexcusable reasons defaulted in his core mandate to Nigeria been a member state of the United Nations.

The critical aspect women and children were highly neglected by the United Nations Committee on Human Rights in the compilation of its report. It also for inexplicable reasons didn’t touch on the threat posed by ISWAP fighters along the fringes of the Lake Chad basin region that is capable of putting Sub Saharan Africa at risk.

The United Nations Committee on Human Rights acted in haste and without recourses to the peculiarities of the war and the commitment of the Nigerian Authorities in the areas above.

The Coalition of Civil Society on Conflict Resolution and Human Rights affirms that the Nigerian Authorities since 2015 have exhibited a commitment to upholding the human rights of its citizens regardless of religion, ethnicity, or sex. Though contrary to the position of the United Nations Committee on Human rights, it is sufficing to state that all the information provided herein are first hand derived from years of research work that engaged directly with the relevant actors in offices and on the field. As against relying on rumours, and second-hand information.


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