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Amnesty International Reports Staggering Death Toll in Plateau State

A horrifying new report by Amnesty International throws Plateau State in North Central Nigeria into the spotlight, revealing a staggering 1,336 people killed in just three months. The report, launched during a “Photo Exhibition on the Impact of Conflicts” held in Jos, exposes the brutality that unfolded between December 2023 and February 2024.

Amnesty International Nigeria’s Country Director, Isa Sanusi, condemned the violence, emphasizing that innocent civilians, including 533 women and 263 children, bore the brunt of the attacks. The report details that 540 men were also killed, with a staggering 29,554 people displaced from their homes. Women and children make up a significant portion of those forced to flee.

Sanusi assured the public that the figures were meticulously compiled through “extensive research” conducted by Amnesty International Nigeria in collaboration with relevant government agencies. Specific locations of all attacks were not disclosed, but Mangu, Bokkos, and Barkin-Ladi counties (local government areas) were pinpointed as particularly hard-hit.

This report serves as a chilling reminder of the devastating violence that continues to plague Plateau State. Amnesty International has issued a strong call to action, urging the Nigerian authorities to prioritize holding perpetrators accountable through fair and transparent trials.

—Ezinwanne Onwuka reports for TruthNigeria from Abuja.

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