Niger state has in the first quarter of 2020 recorded 90 deaths caused by banditry and other forms of criminality , a Civil Society Organization (CSO), Niger Accountability Group, has said.
The CSO stated this Thursday in press briefing to mark National Day of Mourning (NDoM) in Minna.
The Convener, and Coordinator, National Day of Mourning (NDoM), Mathew Oladele said, “Between 2018 and now, we have recorded deaths in couples of hundreds of Nigerlites to violent killings across the State; with the first quarter of 2020 alone we have recorded ninety 90 deaths”.
He lamented that the nation is still grappling with high level of insecurities and the growing series of impunity which he explained necessitated yearly National Day of Mourning
He said, “We have cases of brutality by security agents, increase in armed banditry, kidnapping, Boko Haram, militia herdsmen, cultism, extra judicial killings, electoral violence and other forms of violence that have resulted to death and displacement of citizens.
“We are holding this civil action annually in memory of victims of mass violence/killings in Niger State and the country at large. This day, 28th, May of every year is set aside as a National Day of Mourning and Remembrance for all victims of violent killings and Mass Atrocities across Nigeria.”
Oladele said, National Day of Mourning and Remembrance is a citizen-led initiative to express solidarity, and demand accountability for the lapses in security and welfare of all Nigerians.
He lamented that, as citizens of Niger state are being killed, so also are they being displaced from communities and left to be living at IDP camps in our own land.
He said, “Our livelihoods are laid to ruin, the government has shown itself unwilling or unable to confront these killings to put an end to our sufferings. Government has abdicated its constitutional duty to guarantee the safety, security, and wellbeing of all who live within the State’s geographical boundaries”.
He berated leaders for fueling the embers of mistrust while ascribing their failure to protect lives and property to ill-founded narratives of ethnic, partisan, and religious mischief.”
He however, called on government to ensure adequate provision of humanitarian aid and assistance to communities displaced by armed bandits.