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Group urges Nigerian gov’t to investigate attack on Amnesty International

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on the Nigerian Government to urgently instruct appropriate authorities to promptly and thoroughly investigate apparently sponsored and coordinated attacks against Amnesty International (AI) Office in Nigeria, and ensure the safety and security of its staff.A group of protesters had on Monday barricaded the Abuja office of Amnesty International and asked the international organisation to leave Nigeria within 24 hours.

The protesters had accused AI of deliberately spreading malicious reports aimed at creating chaos in the country.

The Executive Director of GOPRI, Melvin Ejeh, who led the protesters, said the deliberate attempt by the AI to indict the security agencies working to restore peace in troubled parts of the country without condemning the Boko Haram terrorists proved that it had ulterior motives.

In a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, SERAP deputy director, Timothy Adewale, alleged that the protest was sponsored attacks.

A report by Nigeria’s Punch newspaper said that the group called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to make moves to stop the “intimidation, harassment and threats against AI Office in Nigeria and its staff”.

It added that failure to hold to account those responsible for the protest “will invariably increase the vulnerability of civil society in the country, and strengthen the perception that attacks against NGOs and human rights workers can happen with impunity.”

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