Fidelity bank banner NewsExpress advert
Amnesty International to probe killings during Bayelsa guber polls

By News Express on

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 876

Seven months after the Bayelsa gubernatorial election was held, Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday said it would launch an investigation into the electoral violence that characterised the election which led to loss of lives and also forced 600 persons into the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Southern Ijaw.

Amnesty International representative from the UK, Attah Ikide,‎ said this in Abuja during the public presentation of a report carried out by the Save Ijaw Nation Group entitled, “Unreported‎ Cases of Human Rights Abuses and 2015/2016 Bayelsa Governorship Election Violence”, was presented to AI by the Secretary of the coalition, Olufemi‎ Akindele.

‎He said: “I have not gone through this report but if like he said some of the pictures that we saw‎ on the Internet are the pictures in here (report), then this is something that Amnesty International will take seriously.‎

“When you contacted me, I immediately called our United Kingdom office and I informed them that there was a report coming out; what now happens is that when we have a report like this, we take it to our research unit and they will look into it and investigate it

“It’s a long time I saw something like this in Nigeria, but most of the time why Amnesty will not take ‎up some of the human rights cases in Nigeria is because some of those cases are not well researched, if you look at this report it is well researched, a lot of pictures in here, witnesses, evidence, Amnesty needs more of these things.

“This will be the first comprehensive report Amnesty will be receiving‎ from southern Nigeria, so we are going to take it seriously, I promise you am going to take this to our people in UK, they will engage the Amnesty group here.”

Earlier, Akindele said that having realised that a lot of things were unreported despite the numerous reports made by ‎victims, and despite the numerous arrests that was made on the days of the election in December and January, the group took it upon itself to conduct a comprehensive investigation on it.

He said that the report wouldn't have been necessary if the federal and the state government have taken a decisive action to forestall further bloodbath in subsequent election.

Akindele said: “We went back to Bayelsa‎ state in February and we discovered that there are even Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Bayelsa and what was the reason? The communities were not invaded by Boko Haram, nor the conventional Niger Delta militants, we realised that these people became Displaced as a result of that same election that happened in December and January.

“We took it upon ourselves and we visited various communities where there were cases of violence, we had personal interviews, we took phone numbers, we took pictures and we did practical on-the-spot‎ assessment of what happened between December 2015 and January 2016.”

Akindele stressed that a total number of 200 opposition supporters could not be accounted for presently several months after the election was held.

“A lot of reports were made, documented but the State Government never took any action, particularly the Police, the government kept quiet as if everything is normal and we felt it is not going to be in the interest of our democracy for this to continue, not only because there are future elections in the country but because the lives of our people must be name more important to the aspiration of any politician in this country,” he noted.

Akindele emphasised that the president needs to speak up and key it be known that electoral violence will not be condoned in this country, adding that his body language matters at this time as it would go a long way in curbing the trend.

“We are going to ensure that the documented is presented to every recognised human rights   organisation in the world like Amnesty International, National Human Rights Commission, and other international rights groups,” he assured.

Photo shows Secretary of the Save Ijaw Nation Group, Olufemi‎ Akindele, presenting the report of the 2015/2016 Bayelsa governorship election violence to Amnesty International representative from the UK, Attah Ikide.

Source News Express

Posted 11/08/2016 04:53:53 AM


Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+



REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...


You may also like...
COINCIDENCES: Of Goodluck Jonathan and Albert Einstein; Abraham...

Catholic Church grapples with 2,000 sex abuse cases...

ASUU Strike: Yes, FG has deposited N200B Varsity...

Halliburton Scam: Submit yourself for investigation in America,...

Nigerian banks float Victims Support Fund •FG set...

Obasanjo’s book, ‘My Watch’ cleared for release

Nigerian youths as self-enemies, By Bolaji Abdullahi

Cut-off marks: NANS rubbishes JAMB’s claims

Nigeria’s imminent expulsion from Egmont Group: Call EFCC...

From Garamba to Sambisa Forests, By Olusegun Adeniyi...

The Danjuma Protocol

Operation Pulo Shield foils oil theft attempt, nabs...


Latest News All set for Nigeria’s hosting of global tourism meeting — Minister Imo APC: Hold Okorocha responsible for breakdown of law and order IPOB sit-at-home: No cause for alarm, says Anambra Police Commissioner Why FG’s school feeding programme is yet to take off in Lagos — Deputy Governor Akeredolu commissions Digital Resource Centre in Owo •Commends Falaye’s gesture South-East pensioners to protest unpaid gratuities, pensions No APC Congress held in Rivers, Abe insists Nimet predicts cloudy Saturday, localised thunderstorms FG declares Tuesday, May 29, public holiday to mark 2018 Democracy Day Doris Esa 49 perish in boat accident N2.7tr arbitration fine threatens 2018 budget Activists kick as Obiano appoints notorious SARS Commander Security Aide


Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (345,844 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (342,735 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (273,955 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (225,248 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (205,537 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (203,304 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (177,376 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (159,634 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (150,563 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (143,902 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (140,321 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (132,727 views)


Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (42) Business & Economy (3,162) Business Verdict (43) Columnists (857) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (498) Features (598) Global Business Monitor (275) International (1,972) Interview (149) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (120) News (35,612) Opinion (973) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,069) Religion (745) Sports (1,517) Stock Watch (29) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update


CBN banner

Firstmobile banner




Boko Haram commanders surrender


APO Group Partner




REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member



Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera