Extrajudicial Executions and Other Unlawful Killings by Nigeria Security Forces: An Affront to Fundamental Rights

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EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS AND UNLAWFUL KILLINGS BY NIGERIA SECURITY FORCES: AN AFFRONT TO FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS
Israel B. Affia
Rectory, Akwa Ibom State Polytechnic, Ikot Osurua, Ikot Ekpene
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.
Abstract
Extra judicial executions and other unlawful killings are antithetical to the fundamental human rights of all citizens in all countries of the world irrespective of whatever name it is given in the constitution of each sovereign nation. In Nigeria, extra judicial executions seem to be the order of the day for past and successive governments. The Constitutions-the Supreme Law, grants every Nigerian some rights, well spelt out, in its Chapter 4 as well as limitations. However, without recourse to the ground norm, the Nigerian security forces often act otherwise, kill, torture, and cause disappearance of the ā€œsuspects.ā€ This paper calls on the Federal Government to end the flagrant abuse of human rights which is perpetuated with extreme impunity.

Keywords: Extra-judicial, constitution, Nigerian Government, impunity, security forces, fundamental human rights.

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