Human Rights Activists Challenge UN to Investigate Jihadist Killings in Nigerian Region

Credit: International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety)

Activists at the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) are calling on the United Nations (UN) to intervene in insecurity in Southeastern Nigeria by investigating those behind Jihadist killings targeting Christians in the region.

In their latest report sent to ACI Africa, the activists led by Emeka Umeagbalasi, the Board Chair of Intersociety, say that those investigated should be dragged to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Intersociety has reported massive killings in Imo State in Nigeria, and unmasked those behind the atrocities in seven of the West African country’s Igbo States.

In the Tuesday, September 26 report, the human rights activists and researchers on the violence in Nigeria say that authorities in Africa’s most populus nation have lost control of the security situation in the country’s Southeastern region, and appeal to the UN to come to the aid of the civilians.

“(The) UN investigations and its referral to ICC (is) the best way to tracking down those killing and burning in the South-East,” they say, and add, “The UN must investigate and make referrals to ICC to track down and prosecute state and non-state actors involved (in the killings).”


The team of criminologists, security experts, governance professionals, and lawyers criticize Governors of the Southeastern Nigerian States for employing “primitive” tactics to fight insecurity in the region, noting that their fear to call out Jihadist Fulani herdsmen behind killings in the region is leading to the escalation of the crisis.

“The old order and primitive approaches by Southeast Governors to insecurity and other unsafe conditions have been responsible for escalation and worsening of security situations in the region,” they say.

The Intersociety officials further decry the lack of courage on the part of those at the helm of a section of Nigerian States, saying, “The present Southeast Governors have also been found to be so fearful that it looks as if they collectively or individually have skeletons in their cupboards or collective hidden agenda against their people. They are so afraid to publicly condemn the jihadist Fulani Herdsmen and their atrocities in the region.”

They say that the Governors are also “vicariously responsible for grisly rights abuses and violations by the drafted security agents and their chiefs in the Southeastern region. These, they have been doing by refusing to openly condemn the killings and burnings outside the law and by allocating public funds to security chiefs in aid of such atrocious acts.”

Meanwhile, Intersociety is less optimistic that the 2023 South-East Governors’ Security and Economic Summit scheduled to be held in Imo State from September 28-29 will yield any results.

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“Several research and investigative reports by Intersociety on insecurity and other unsafe conditions and those fanning them in the Southeast have clearly indicated that nothing meaningful is most likely to come out of the planned summit,” the human rights activists say.

They add that the outcome of the Governors’ summit will most likely end up being “a mere talk-show” and a wastage of public funds.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.