•Almost 8,000 killed in violent attacks since 2018
•Says no attempt for accountability on the part of the government, security agencies
•Observed National Day of Mourning on May 28
NigeriaMourns has revealed names of Nigerians killed in violent attacks across the country in the first quarter of 2020 alone, the group disclosed that atleast 1,416 Nigerians have been killed.
The group decried a dramatic and exponentially rise in violence, perpetrated by organized criminal groups with a monumental loss of lives, livelihoods, and property, while government stands idly by.
In a statement on Thursday to commemorate the National Day of Mourning and Remembrance, NigeriaMourns also disclosed that at least 7,904 Nigerians were killed violent attacks across the country Between 2018 till date.
The statement was signed by Abiodun Baiyewu, Chidi Anselm Odinkalu, and Adamu Kortokoshi for Coordinating Committee of the JN-CAC, Nigeria Mourns.
“For the most part, the destruction associated with this spiraling crisis of violence and mass killings has been grossly under-reported. Even with the suppression of information on these killings, it is quite clear that the toll of killings has risen dramatically in recent times.
“From Akwa-Ibom to Zamfara, Nigerians wake up daily to fresh news of mass atrocities which are barely acknowledged by the government and a vast majority of fellow citizens. This is an anomaly that must end.
In parts of the North-East, Boko Haram continues to terrorize, killing thousands of Nigerians going about their livelihoods.
“In parts of the North-West, including Kajuru and Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna and much of Zamfara and Katsina States, and Taraba State in the North-Central, vast swathes of ungoverned territory have been taken over by rustlers, bandits and vigilantes whose preferred currency is blood.
“The southern states of the country have not been spared in the ongoing bloodletting, as at least 34 out of the 36 states have experienced at least 1 episode of violent killings within the first quarter of 2020 alone”, the statement read.
The group said extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses by state security personnel have been on an alarming high, in nearly all the states where the Covid-19 lockdown measures were enforced.
Rest of the statement read:
There has been no accountability for these killings. The pervasive impunity and frequency of violent killings in Nigeria are of grave concern to citizens and all people who wish our country well. The chronic mass killings across Nigeria has become a blot on the collective conscience of our Nigerian humanity. As a country, we seem to have normalized the violent killings of our citizens. Reports have reduced human lives lost to mere numbers that are bandied and argued about without thought of properly accounting for them or according them dignity, by naming them.
They have also given rise to mass displacement, creating civic, humanitarian, and food security crises. In turn and together, this situation now endangers the very existence and coexistence of Nigeria, as never since the civil war have we been this divided. Nigeria’s 1999 constitution makes clear that the primary purpose of government is the safety, security, and welfare of all who live within its territory. Section 17(2)(c) of the same constitution commands that “governmental actions shall be humane”.
While Nigerians are being killed our communities and livelihoods are laid to ruin, the government has shown itself unwilling or unable to confront these killings to put an end to them. By so doing, it has abdicated its constitutional duty to guarantee the safety, security, and wellbeing of all who live within Nigeria’s geographical boundaries.
Our leaders have fueled the embers of mistrust ascribing their failure to protect lives and property to ill-founded narratives of ethnic, partisan, and religious mischief. Rather than demand accountability and responsible leadership, citizens have been incited to turn on one another; instead of acknowledging and being united by the fact that we are all victimized by all of these, citizens and communities seem to be in a race to prove who has suffered more from the killings.
Thus, as Nigerian citizens and members of organized civil society, we call on the Federal government to live up to its primary responsibility of protecting lives and property and promoting the welfare of all who live in Nigeria. We, therefore, demand from the executive and legislative arms of government, clear, measurable steps to:
End the impunity that has led to the spiral of the conflict in the regions by immediately ordering of a full investigation into the killings to fish out and bringing the perpetrators of the crisis to justice;
Ensure the provision of humanitarian aid and assistance to communities displaced by the crisis;
Take essential measures to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the region and their further inflow into the country; and,
Ensure an urgent accounting of the missing and dead, and an estimation of the loss incurred by individuals and impacted communities.
Furthermore, we call on all concerned Nigerians to join us as we organize towards a National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for all victims of violent killings across Nigeria scheduled for Thursday, May 28, 2020, to memorialize all whom we have lost and demand for government’s responsibility to its citizens, and justice for every victim of mass atrocities. The National Day of Mourning and Remembrance will be marked by a series of symbolic actions listed below:
Speak out on social media Demand accountability of government for the security and welfare of all Nigerians as enshrined in section 14(2)(b) of the Nigerian constitution and use the hashtags:
- #NotAtWar #NDOM20 #NDOM2020.
- Observe a moment of silence at 12pm (noon) on May 28
- Use the NDOM Virtual T-shirt as your DP on Social Media
- Read/list out the names of victims of mass atrocities in your states on social media and electronic media
- Wear black and invite others to do the same. Please post your pictures online.
Today We Mourn:
Maxwell Nashan was a young reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) FM station. He was abducted from his home in Yola and then abandoned hours later near his office, with machete cuts and bruises. He did not survive the ordeal. He was reported dead on January 16, 2020.
Rev. Denis Bagauri was murdered during a midnight attack. Bagauri was killed at his residence in Mayo Belwa, some 70 kilometres south of the state capital, Yola, by faceless persons. He was reported dead on January 20, 2020
Activist Alex Ogbu was shot dead by the police in Abuja during a protest by members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria popularly known as ‘Shiites’.
The incident occurred at the Berger Roundabout, Abuja, when armed policemen opened fire on the protesters. He was murdered by men of the Nigeria Police Force on January 21, 2020
18-year-old Seminarian Michael Nnadi was kidnapped in Kaduna by Boko Haram terrorists on January 8, 2020. A month later, his body was found along the highway.
Rev. Lawan Andimimi, the chair of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa state, was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents when they invaded Michika on January 2, 2020. Despite media outrage worldwide, he was decapitated days later.
15-year-old Sekinat Agbelade, was shot dead by men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Agosasa, Ipokia Local area of Ogun State. Her death was reported on March 29, 2020. The incident occurred at the Berger Roundabout, Abuja, when armed policemen opened fire on the protesters. He was murdered by men of the Nigeria Police Force on January 21, 2020
Kazeem Tiamiyu, a player with Remo Star Football Club, was murdered by policemen attached to ZIS, Sagamu, after he was arrested on allegations of being a fraudster on February 24, 2020
We also Mourn everyone whose faces and/or faces we do not know, such as:
The dead body of a 35-year-old nursing mother, Mrs. Idenyi Ebere Ukamaka, was discovered in a drainage behind Enugu North Mass transit park along Afikpo road Abakaliki, the capital city of Ebonyi State. Her death was reported on January 20, 2020
Muhammed Abubakar, a Police Inspector, was killed during a raid on a hideout of suspected terrorists in Kaduna. This was reported on February 6, 2020
Senitonkumo Out, a young man, was killed by gunmen suspected to be members of a cult gang, when they invaded Azikoro-Agbura, Yenagoa. His death was reported on April 13, 2020
VICTIMS OF VIOLENT CRISES IN TARABA
LATE: DANTALA BENEDICT DANJUMA
Former civil service personnel with the Nigerian Prisons Service. Benedict was kidnapped and killed at Agbako Village along Wukari-Takum Road, on his way back from Takum, where he went to pay a condolence visit to a friend who had lost his wife.
LATE: UTENGYE ZANDO
Son to the famous ‘Money Problem’ of Wukari town. Utengye was shot dead and beheaded in a small forest, after Tor-Musa Village on his way to Rafin-Kada from Wukari.
LATE: ABIYEYI DODONGIYA KENDA
Was shot dead from a motorcycle just outskirts of Wukari, barely 2 kilometers away from Wukari main town.
NUHU AGYO, WIFE AND DAUGHTER
Late Nuhu Agyo along with his wife and daughter were attacked on their way to the farm. The wife who was in the leg managed to escape the attack. Nuhu Agyo and his daughter were shot dead, his daughter was also beheaded by the attackers.
LATE: EKA SAMUEL ABE
Samuel was killed on his way back to Idofin from Sondi, not far away from Wukari General Hospital.
LATE: GAMBO RICHARD AGABI
Was killed at ‘Old BB’, behind Mecapacynth School, Wukari.
LATE: JAMES IFFE
The late James Iffe was killed right in his farm in Idofin area
LATE: AMAYI SOLOMON (SONDI YOUTHS LEADER)
The late Amayi Solomon was the former Sondi youths leader. After he fled from the initial attacks on Sondi community, the late Amayi Solomon was invited by the military personnels deployed to the area to assist them in mapping out the terrain for effective policing. Though hesitantly, he agreed to help the security personnels. On his way back from Sondi on completion of this assignment, and in the company of the military personnels, Solomon was shot dead by some unknown gunmen who had laid ambush for them.
LATE: EMMANUEL TANKO
Emmanuel was apprehended by gunmen on his way back from Makurdi, after Jootar. He was killed instantly.
LATE: ATTAH DANLADI
Former member of the security personnel for Federal University, Wukari. Was killed in Chyna, close to Mecapacynth school, Wukari.
The grouo regrets that while Nigerians are being killed our communities and livelihoods are laid to ruin, the government showed itself unwilling or unable to confront these killings to put an end to them.
“By so doing, it has abdicated its constitutional duty to guarantee the safety, security, and wellbeing of all who live within Nigeria’s geographical boundaries.Our leaders have fueled the embers of mistrust ascribing their failure to protect lives and property to ill-founded narratives of ethnic, partisan, and religious mischief.”
The group therefore charged government to end the impunity that has led to the spiral of the conflict in the regions by immediately ordering of a full investigation into the killings to fish out and bringing the perpetrators of the crisis to justice.
It also called on government to take essential measures to combat the proliferation of small arms and light weapons across the region and their further inflow into the country; and ensure the provision of humanitarian aid and assistance to communities displaced by the crisis.
NigeriaMourns further urged government to ensure an urgent accounting of the missing and dead, and an estimation of the loss incurred by individuals and impacted communities.