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Enugu Killing: Nigerian State Must be Held Accountable

by Isiyaku Ahmed
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The Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA Foundation) condemns the killing of unarmed civilians in Enugu by Nigerian security personnel on Sunday. 

MAWA Foundation deplores the unprofessional conduct of the Nigerian security personnel that led to the killing of over 23 unarmed civilians who were alleged to be members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) at their meeting venue.

We call for proper investigation and police accountability over the killings in Enugu and other parts of Nigeria where the security personnel had killed unarmed Nigerians who were carrying out their civic rights bestowed on them by the country’s constitution. 

We appeal to the Nigerian government to look into the activities of her law enforcement agents, that will not only prevent the killing of Nigerians and grave human rights abuse but restore the sanctity and human dignity which is fast eroding in Nigeria. 

We call on all human rights organizations and activists to rise against killings and human rights abuse that have become common under Mr. Muhammadu Buhari All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration.

Mr. Mohammed Adamu, the Nigerian Inspector General of Police should immediately set up investigations into the killings in Enugu and ensures those find culpable are made to face the law.

A situation where all peaceful assembly of citizens mostly end up in attacks, brutality, and shootings by Nigeria law enforcement, cannot be condoled in a country that prides itself as a democratic nation.

In circumstances of infringement, police ought to make arrests without wasting the lives of the citizen.

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