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Amnesty International Reacts To Killing Of CAN Chairman By Boko Haram


Amnesty International condemns killing of CAN chairman

International human rights organization, Amnesty International has condemned the killing of Revd Lawan Andimi, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman in Michika local government area of Adamawa State.

Naija News recalls Revd. Andimi was abducted by the terrorists following a failed attack on Michika LGA by the dreaded Boko Haram sect on January 2, 2020.

It will be recalled this online platform also obtained and published a video of the CAN chairman who spoke out from Boko Haram custody where he expressed hope of been rescued from the insurgents.

In the video released by respected journalist, Ahmad Salkida, Rev. Andimi, however, declared that if its pleased God that he would not get out of captivity, they should look after his children.

However, Andimi was on Monday killed by members of the Boko Haram group after they had initially demanded the payment of ransom for his release.

Reacting to the killing of the CAN official, Amnesty International in a statement by its Director, Osai Ojigho said it was appalled by the action of the insurgents.

The group also called on security agencies to ensure all those responsible are located and brought to justice.

It said: “With this horrific murder and an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks, Boko Haram has again shown its brazen disregard for the sanctity of life.

“These deplorable crimes must not go unpunished.

“It is appalling that Boko Haram followed up the killing of Rev. Andimi on Monday with an attack on his village — in Chibok Local Government Borno State. Targeting civilians is a crime under international law.

“Boko Haram must immediately stop its attacks on civilians. All those responsible for war crimes and other human rights violations and abuses in Nigeria must be brought to justice in a fair trial.

“The Nigerian authorities must re-double their efforts to rescue the hundreds of civilians still detained by Boko Haram.

“Since December last year, Boko Haram has been escalating attacks on civilians, commuters, infrastructure and humanitarian facilities across North-East.”

See the full statement: