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Insecurity: Rescind shoot at sight order – SERAP tells Nigerian Govt

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said that Nigerian authorities should rescind its “shoot at sight” orders to respond to the insecurity in the country.

The Group who disclosed this on its official social platform on Thursday, said the most effective way to address the killings, abductions and violence is to ensure full compliance with the Nigerian Constitution and human rights law.

SERAP added that if the authorities are truly committed to ending the killings and abductions, they should take meaningful measures to protect Nigerians. “Immediately identify, arrest, probe and prosecute suspected perpetrators; and provide victims access to justice and effective remedies”, SERAP said.

SERAP noted that the “shoot-at-sight policy is a threat to human rights-based law-enforcement approaches, may be abused and exacerbate the impunity by law enforcement officials. “Non-violent means should as far as possible be applied before resorting to the use of force and firearms” the Group said.


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