PRESS STATEMENT HRAN CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO URGENTLY TACKLE THE RISING CASES OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA Abuja – 30 March 2022

PRESS STATEMENT HRAN CALLS ON THE GOVERNMENT TO URGENTLY TACKLE THE RISING CASES OF INSECURITY IN NIGERIA Abuja – 30 March 2022

March 31, 2022 Uncategorized 0

The Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN) calls on the Nigerian government to urgently address the rising cases of insecurity leading to wanton killings and needless loss of innocent lives. Nigeria as a country has under the current administration, experienced a most difficult time in the area of security. Almost on a daily basis and despite the steps taken by government to tackle insecurity, the media is inundated with reports of attacks and killings by terrorists disguised as bandits, unknown gunmen, and other unidentified armed groups. Recently, there have been series of attacks in different parts of the country, but particularly in Kaduna State. These attacks ranging from the Kaduna airport attack resulting in the death of one and kidnapping of 12 others to the terrorist invasion of communities in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna where over 50 persons were reportedly killed, to the cruel attack of the Kaduna- bound train with hundreds of passengers onboard including Dr. Chinelo Megafu, a dental surgeon who was billed to travel overseas before her life was cut short by terrorists. HRAN reckons that the tragedy which befell Dr. Chinelo is just one out of the thousands of state- inflicted tragedies that have befallen victims of the country’s security situation and apparent failure of the government to protect lives and properties. While we join millions of Nigerians to mourn the loss of Dr. Chinelo and other victims of the Kaduna-train attack as well as commiserate with the families they left behind, we at HRAN are perturbed by the security challenges which have enveloped Nigeria for years and are more worried that if these challenges are not made high-priority and nipped in the bud, a vast majority will be entrapped in this web of insecurity and in the long run, spell doom for Nigeria. To this end, HRAN calls on the Nigerian government to quit playing politics with the lives of Nigerians and tackle the hydra-headed monster of insecurity in the country, identify and halt the funding source of terrorists, adequately provide the armed forces with modern tools and IT- driven systems for intelligent counter-operations, and ensure that perpetrators of terror attacks are prosecuted. Finally, we wish to remind government at all levels that their primary purpose is the security and welfare of the people and Nigerians cannot continue paying the ultimate price for any government that is unable or unwilling to uphold its constitutional duty. Signed

1. Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy and Development (FENRAD)

2. Michael Adedotun Oke Foundation

3. Kate Okoh-Kpina

4. Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP)

5. Centre for Community Excellence (CENCEX) 6. Gender Technical Unit (GTU)

7. Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC)

8. Chisom Ihekwaba

9. Rural Integrated Development Initiative

10. Global Rights

11. Beautiful Eves of Africa Organization (BEAFRO)

12. Community Outreach for Development and Welfare Advocacy (CODWA)

13. Mothers and Marginalized Advocacy Centre (MAMA Centre)

14. Bauchi Human Rights Network

15. Hope Interactive

16. Dispute Resolution and Development Initiative

17. Echoes of Women in Africa Initiative

18. Women for Peace and Social Development Initiative

19. Socio-Economic Rights Initiative (SERI)

20. Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL)

21. Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR)

22. Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA)

23. Rule of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC)

24. Network of Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN)

25. Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative (WRAPA)

26. Legal Resources Consortium (LRC)

27. Community Partners for Development

28. Partnership for Justice

29. Persons with Disability Network (PEDANET) 30. Civil Resource and Documentation Development Centre (CIRDDOC)

31. Gender and Youths Rights Initiative

32. Confluence of Rights

33. Society for Gender and Child Advancement 34. Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS)

35. Network of National Human Rights Institution

36. Women and Youth Empowerment Initiative 37. Human Rights Law Services

38. Alliances for Africa

39. HEDA Resource Centre

40. Access to Justice

41. Sterling Centre for Law and Development 42. SING Nigeria

43. Community Centre for Women and Children Development

44. Sisters against Violence Initiative

45. Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDDA)

46. Sisters Bond Initiative (SBI)

47. Prison Inmate Development Initiative

48. Women, Law and Development Initiative Africa

49. Minority Gender Action

50. Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence against Women

51. Adem Community and Human Development Foundation

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