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HURIWA Condemns Dogon Dawa- Kaduna Killings

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“President Goodluck Jonathan must rapidly put effective measures in place to practically reform the Nigeria Police Force and compel the operatives to perform their constitutional duty of protecting lives and property of Nigerians to stop the speedy decline to the abyss of impunity and lawlessness that Nigeria is rapidly becoming”.

With the above phrase, HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) strongly condemned as “despicable”, “crime against humanity”, and “atrocious” the alleged killing of 22 villagers of Dogon Dawa in Kaduna state by suspected armed robbers on Sundry morning.

The Rights group wants the Federal Government to sanction top police and security officers in charge of affected areas whereby killings of innocent Nigerians have become widespread to make other armed security officers to be awake to their constitutional responsibility to corporate Nigeria and Nigerians.

In a statement by the National Coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National media officer Miss. Zainab Yusuf, the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to take action to reform the collapsing policing institution which has given rise to the wanton killings of unarmed citizens all across the country by well armed non-state actors.

The Rights group said a situation whereby top police and security officers given statutory responsibility to secure lives and property of Nigerians but fail to do are allowed to retain their top jobs is absurd and primitive.

As a pragmatic solution to the widespread killings, the Rights group appealed to the National Assembly to consider the popular call by a majority of Nigerians for a constitutional amendment to include the formation of State and community policing institutions.  

HURIWA stated thus; “We once more appeal to President Jonathan to rise to the occasion as the commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces and enforce constitutional measures to stop this wanton destruction of precious lives and property of Nigerians because the primary legal role of any civilized government is the protection of lives and property of the citizenry”.

“The killing, by suspected armed robbers, of over twenty Nigerians in Dogon Dawa village of Kaduna is one in the Plethora of the dastardly criminal acts of mass murders which have taken place in Mubi, Adamawa state; Aluu, in River State, and Barkin Ladi in Plateau State. This spate of unwarranted waste of lives must be stopped and perpetrators arrested, prosecuted and punished in line with the due process of the law; HURIWA stated.

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