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Nigerian Soldiers Flogs Woman to Death

A report was released by CLEEN Foundation on June 1 that Nigerian soldiers allegedly flogged an elderly
woman, a food seller, to death recently in
Nasarawa state, North-Central Nigeria, for
allegedly violating the lockdown order in the
state, according to a report by a non-government
organisation.

The soldiers were reportedly going around the
area, flogging and chasing away traders who had
come out to sell their goods.

The food seller was said to have stood back,
instead of running away with others. She was
said to have told the officers that her family
would die of hunger if she did not come out to
sell, which prompted the officers to flog her
continuously until “she dropped dead”. An information provided on Sunday
evening to CMM by the spokesperson
of CLEEN Foundation, Anna White-Agbo, has it
that the incident happened in the morning of May
11 in Tammah area of Nasarawa Local
Government Area, Nasarawa State.

The incident is said to have been reported to the
police in Nasarawa State.
The police spokesperson in the state, Ramhan
Nansel, however, told CMM on Sunday
evening, that he was not aware of the incident.

The food seller, according to the report by
CLEEN, was among the 36 people unlawfully
killed by Nigerian security officials since the
restriction of movement was introduced
nationwide to halt the spread of the novel
coronavirus in Nigeria.

On 20th May 2020, one Fatai Oladipupo was
killed by stray bullet along Obabiyi, Igando Road,
Ikotun, Lagos by some police officers attached to
the Ikotun police station who were attempting to
enforce the 8:00 p.m. curfew in the area,” the
report said. Army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, did not respond
to text message and phone calls seeking
comment on the report.

“Our observer from Ngor Okpala LGA in Imo State
reported an incidence of extra judicial killings by
Security Personnel,” the report added.
Other organisations in Nigeria, including the
National Human Rights Commission, have raised
concerns over extra-judicial killing of citizens and
other human rights violations by the nation’s
security officials during the lockdown. “In Anambra State, the partial compliance of
citizens to the imposed directive led to the death
of a young man who was shot by the Police for
flouting the curfew order. The incident happened
at Enugwu-Ukwu in Njikoka LGA of Anambra
State on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The report by CLEEN, signed by its Executive
Director, Benson Olugbuo, also tracked citizen’s
compliance with government directives regarding
the lockdown, the use of face mask, social
distancing, ban on public gathering, and the ban
on inter-state travel.

According to the report, there was partial
compliance with the government’s directives. The House of Representatives, in May, directed
security agencies in Nigeria to bring to justice
the officials who were involved in the killing and
other abuses. The report said the Rivers State Governor,
Nyesom Wike, ordered the prosecution of 14
persons who ferried cattle from Adamawa State
to Rivers State.

Mr Wike is said to have also ordered the auction
of the cattle and the two trucks that conveyed
them.

The report said the Rivers government “in a bid
to curtail inter-state movement constructed a
giant iron gate between the two ends of the road
to block vehicular movement between Rivers and
Abia State”.

Nigerians were travelling across various states in
the country in violation of the ban on interstate
travel, and despite the presence of security
officials on the nation’s highways. The report quoted the COVID-19 taskforce in Imo
State as saying that 96 passengers travelling
from Abia State were intercepted and tested for
COVID-19 before they were allowed to continue
on their journey, and that when the test result
came out later, 25 of them tested positive.

“In Bayelsa State, our volunteers observed that a
political rally was held in Toro-orua community in
Sagbama LGA with over 300 persons in
attendance.

“In the North Central, football competitions were
reported to have taken place within Jos North,
Qua’n Pan, Kanke LGA of Plateau State and Karu
LGA of Nasarawa State.

“Furthermore, in Obunagha and Agbura town in
Yenagoa LGA of the State, burial ceremonies
were held with large crowd exceeding 50 persons
thereby violating government directive on
physical distancing,” the report said. “Our observers have reported that burial and
marriage ceremonies were held in many
communities, while religious activities also held
in the rural and suburban places like Kwande,
Agatu, Okpokwu, Ogbadibo, Vandeikya and Guma
LGAs of Benue State despite the State
government’s decision to reverse its lift on the
ban on religious activities. CLEEN, in its recommendations, appealed to
various state governments to properly access the
COVID-19 situation in their states “with regards
to the proprietary or otherwise on the lifting of
the ban on public gatherings”.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in
Nigeria was 12,233 as of June 6. The number of
COVID-19 deaths is 342 so far, while 3826
COVID-19 patients have been treated and
discharged from hospitals.
Lagos remains the epicentre of the coronavirus
in Nigeria, with the highest number of cases –
5729, followed by Kano’s 997.

Abuja occupies the third position with 912 cases.
Edo and Katsina states, having the same number
of cases – 387 – jointly occupy the fourth
position. “Various social gatherings were reported around
the FCT, in Mpape under Bwari Area Council and
Nyanya under AMAC Area Council,” the report
said.

The report was produced from data collated from
the 774 local government areas in Nigeria’s 37
states, including Abuja.

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