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Amnesty accuses Nigerian police of extra-judicial killings

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.

PTI

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