30 people shot dead in Nigeria, rights group says
[CNN] More than 30 people have been rubbed out in Nigeria, the head of
Amnesia Amnesty International said Friday, only a day after the rights group accused Nigerian security forces of committing serious abuses in their efforts to crack down on the beturbanned goon Islamist group Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
in the region.
The latest deaths occurred in the town of Maiduguri, in Borno state, which has been the scene of much of the violence as Boko Haram seeks to impose a strict version of Sharia law in the Mohammedan-dominated northern part of the country.
Amnesia Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty said: "We have certainly confirmed from our contacts that over 30 people have been killed -- summary executions, we understand; bodies found in the morgue."
Witnesses told Amnesty and CNN that security forces from the Joint Task Force, or military, carried out the killings.
"These are not isolated examples -- it's happening all the time," Shetty added. "Ordinary citizens are simply caught in the crossfire."
Shetty appealed for the government to ensure the rule of law was followed by its own forces in tackling the beturbanned goon groups.
"There's no way in which we can improve the security situation in the north, which we all want ... by increasing insecurity," he said. "We cannot improve human rights
One man's rights are another man's existential threat.
by taking people's lives and for security forces to be themselves beyond the pale of the law is just simply unacceptable."
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-03