according to findings by SBM Intelligence, at least 1,588 have been reportedly killed in Nigeria between July to September 2020
At least 1,588 have been reportedly killed in Nigeria between July to September 2020, according to findings by SBM Intelligence.
The findings also revealed that 137 security personnel have been hacked to death within the period under view.
According to the findings, the breakdown of people killed by geo-political zones includes; 638 in North-West, 544 in North-East, 194 in North Central, 93 in South-South, 70 in South-East and 49 in South-West.
Further breakdown revealed that the following people were killed; 683 Civilians, 366 Bandits, 366 Boko-Haram members, 119 Army officers, 59 cultists, 11 armed robbers, 10 police officers, 8 kidnappers, 5 DSS officers, 3 NSCDC officers and 3 smugglers. See more data below:
The data displayed is a major source of concern to security officials and Nigerians at large. The major highlight is the number of civilians killed, which is higher than the number recorded for armed bandits, terrorist and other crime-related offences.
This is alarming and puts the country in bad light, especially as there is a growing concern of human rights abuses, torture and extrajudicial killings in the country, as alleged by Amnesty International.
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, an American non-profit human rights advocacy organisation, has described the democracy being practised in Nigeria as embarrassing, insulting and lacking respect for the rule of law.
The group in a statement on Thursday, 29th of October condemned the killing of unarmed protesters by operatives of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos on the 20th of October 2020.
It also declared the detention of prominent human rights defender, Omoyele Sowore, as arbitrary under international law.
The statement reads, “Last week, demonstrations in Nigeria demanding an end to police brutality took a violent turn as security forces shot into the crowd of peaceful protesters.
“The world watched in horror as videos on social media captured Nigerian security forces murdering people with impunity, leading to widespread calls for police accountability, including shutting down the notorious police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
“Despite a viral campaign to #EndSARS, the perpetrators have not been held accountable, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has yet to adequately acknowledge the role of state security forces in the violence, and the Nigerian Army seems to have borrowed directly from Trump’s playbook, calling coverage of the attacks, “fake news”.
“The evidence against SARS and the broader culture of corruption and police impunity in Nigeria is nothing new. Indeed, our client, journalist and human rights defender Omoyele Sowore, has been documenting the violence and unrest in Nigeria for years and has experienced these human rights abuses firsthand.
“In his fight to defend dissent, Sowore has been arbitrarily confined in Abuja for well over a year, receiving death threats while the government continues to unlawfully prosecute Sowore in contravention to a recent United Nations decision.
“Just as we support calls for justice and accountability for police violence in the United States, we must also extend that solidarity beyond our shores. An upcoming election doesn’t preclude or exempt us from our global responsibility to stand up against such heinous human rights abuses and we urge our leaders in Washington to wake up, take action, and stand with #EndSARS protesters while we can still make a difference.”
Although, Sanwo Olu, governor of Lagos state had initially insisted that there was no fatality following the tragic event, he later said in a chat with CNN that only two deaths were recorded from the ill-fated event.
Amnesty International reports that before the massacre started, some officials were seen removing security cameras at the place and then moments before the shootings began, an electronic billboard which lights the area was switched off, plunging the area into darkness — a cover which the military used to operate.
They also reported that no less than 12 persons were killed at the place while several others were injured.