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Amnesty International Condemns Kaduna State Government’s Unlawful Demolition Of IMN Supporters Properties

By Ammar M. Rajab 

Amnesty International condemns Kaduna state government’s unlawful demolition of structures belonging to supporters of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). 

This was contained in a statement released by Amnesty International Nigeria and published it on their social media handle. 

The Amnesty also called on Kaduna state government to halt plans to further demolish more structures belonging to or used by IMN supporters. 

The statement also reads; "On 21 and 22 May 2023, security agents, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Authority (KASUPDA) and Kaduna State Vigilance Service (KADVS) demolished some structures used or belonging to supporters of IMN.

"These include 5 schools, 2 residences and 1 hospital in Kaduna. Similarly, at about 1:30 AM on 23 May 2023, security agents, KASUPDA and KADVS demolished 3 schools is Samaru, Dogarawa and Babban Dodo communities in Zaria".

It further added that; "The demolitions were carried out without adequate notice nor genuine consultations with the affected persons. These forced evictions appear to be targeted at IMN members. Forced eviction is a gross violation of human rights which deprives people of the rights to adequate housing, health care, education and livelihoods". 

Amnesty International also called on Kaduna State government to constructively engage in genuine consultations with all affected persons and explore feasible alternatives to evictions; "Access to effective remedies and adequate compensation must also be provided to those affected", it added. 

In December 2015, Nigerian government carried out mass slaughter of hundreds of men, women and children supporters of IMN in Zaria and attempted cover-up of the crime - demonstrating an utter contempt for human life. More than 350 people were killed and many were buried secretly in mass graves. 

In October 2018, an investigation by Amnesty International shows the horrific use of excessive force by soldiers and police leading to the killing of at least 45 supporters of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) over two days, as they held a peaceful religious procession around Abuja.

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