Amnesty accuses Nigerian police of extra-judicial killings
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 00:26
Abuja: Nigerian police indulge in extra-judicial killings "at will" and protect only those who offer them bribes, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

"People are not only shot dead, they are also tortured to death, often while they are in detention," Erwin van der Borght, the director of Amnesty International's Africa Programme, said today in a report entitled "Killing at Will". However, police here have rejected the report calling it "false".

Police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu said "the report is a means of undermining the good records of Nigerian Police in the recent times".

"We have scored a lot of highs and the group will not notice them. We could not have committed all that were said by Amnesty," Ojukwu told PTI and added they would investigate the findings.

"The Nigerian police are responsible for hundreds of unlawful killings every year. The majority of the cases go uninvestigated and the police officers responsible go unpunished," the London-based international human rights watchdog said in a damning report.

"The families of the victims usually get no justice or redress. Most never even find out what happened to their loved ones."

Amnesty also said that the Nigerian government should urgently initiate reform measures to end extra-judicial killings by police.


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 00:26

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