I woke up today to hear what looks like the climax of a lingering religious war in the Northern part of Nigeria, for days now police and terrorist( I hate to use that word) have been torturing the people in the area especially christains, well the news took a new twist today when BBC reports thus:
“Nigerian government officials said Mohammed Yusuf, 39, was shot while trying to escape. His capture by police had been announced just hours earlier. His group is blamed for days of unrest that has left hundreds of people dead. The Boko Haram group wants to overthrow the Nigerian government and impose a strict version of Islamic law. Mr Yusuf was held and later shot in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri.
A BBC reporter in the city was among journalists shown two films, one apparently showing Mr Yusuf making a confession; the other showing what appeared to be his body, riddled with bullets.”Mohammed Yusuf was killed by security forces in a shootout while trying to escape,” the regional police assistant inspector-general, Moses Anegbode, told Nigerian television.
A spokesman for the state governor was also quoted as saying that Mr Yusuf had been trying to escape. Troops had stormed Boko Haram’s stronghold on Wednesday night, killing many of the militants and forcing others to flee. Mr Yusuf was arrested earlier on Thursday, after reportedly being found hiding in a goat pen at his parents-in-law’s house.
Staff at Human Rights Watch said there should be an immediate investigation into the case. “The extrajudicial killing of Mr Yusuf in police custody is a shocking example of the brazen contempt by the Nigerian police for the rule of law,” said Human Rights Watch’s Eric Guttschuss. Another Human Rights Watch researcher, Corinne Dufka, told AP news agency: “The Nigerian authorities must act immediately to investigate and hold to account all those responsible for this unlawful killing and any others associated with the recent violence in northern Nigeria.” The violence began on Sunday night in Bauchi state, before spreading to other towns and cities in the northeast of the West African nation.
Crowds of militants tried to storm government buildings and the city’s police headquarters, but dozens of them were shot dead by security forces. Several days of gun battles between militants and Nigerian security forces ensued, culminating in the assault on the militant’s stronghold. It is thought more than 300 people have died in the violence – some estimates say 600, although there has been no official confirmation. Continue reading