The uprising has killed 35,000 people in the northeast, according to UNHCR

September 7th, 2023

At least 35,000 people were killed in the uprising that began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009, according to a report released yesterday by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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This was revealed by Elsie Mills-Tetty, head of UNHCR’s Adamawa office, during a training course in Yola for military personnel on human rights, humanitarian principles and the protection of civilians.

Mills-Tetty, represented by Deputy Director of Protection Umar Abdullahi, said: “The impact of insurgency actions cannot be overstated on the economic and social development of the countries of the region and the land. country in general”. Mills-Tetty cites a Global Protection Accountability Center report from last month. She said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) investigates complaints about human rights abuses and helps victims get justice.

Mills-Tetti has stated that:
A total of 2,314 complaints were submitted to the committee. Adamawa received 65,456 complaints, or about 3% of all complaints against 36 states.

The NHRC 2022 report says: “Instances of insurrection, looting, kidnapping, farmer-rather clashes, and attacks by armed persons continue to increase with the number of internally displaced people face serious human rights violations”.

In his speech, Tony Ojukwu, executive secretary of the NHRC, said the training was aimed at integrating human rights into the military’s counter-insurgency efforts in the Northeast. Benedict Agu, Special Assistant to Ojukwu, represented Ojukwu, who expressed gratitude to the military and other law enforcement agencies for their remarkable efforts in stopping the uprising.

He continued:
To continue the gains achieved to date, the committee in collaboration with the UNHCR is present to train key military officers and those directly involved in counterinsurgency operations in the Eastern region. North.

“The asymmetrical nature of the conflict complicates the fight against the insurgents, which is why it is impossible to overstate the rationale for this formation.

“The insurgents live within us and there are hardly any clear lines drawn between insurgents and civilians,” he said. He’s talking about the situation. Ojukwu urges participants to apply what they learn to their personal and professional lives.