A2Justice and 8 CSOs give President Jonathan 21 days Ultimatum to Constitute Enquiry into Horrifying Allegations of Killings by Anti-terrorism Security Forces in Northern Nigeria.


  A2Justice and 8 other civil society organizations have jointly petitioned the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a full scale, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into allegations made by Amnesty International in its report titled "Nigeria: Gruesome footage implicates military in war crimes". The report which was accompanied by gory footage showed security forces committing grievous and horrifying violations of human rights which included horrific images of detainees having their throats slit one after the other and their bodies dumped in mass graves by men who appear to be members of the Nigerian military and the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF).

Noting past allegations of violations of human rights by security forces operating in North-eastern Nigeria, the groups observed that the Nigerian government is bound to respect, protect and defend the rights of its citizens, including those under suspicion for alleged crimes and noted that not even a state of war is enough justification to neglect the duty to safeguard the right to life alongside other rights of those caught up in a conflict.

The groups said that persons suspected of terrorism-related crimes are as entitled to the constitutionally guaranteed right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence as are anyone else, including political leaders charged with serious economic and financial crimes who are having their day in court. The very idea of arbitrarily arresting persons who may or may not have any connection with terrorism and then slitting their throats before the evidence against them is presented in a proper forum is loathsome, barbaric and intolerably inhuman.

According to the petitioners, in the event their request is ignored, they will not hesitate to use all available legal avenues to press forward their demands, and vindicate the legal responsibility of government to undertake the actions requested.