Amnesty International on Thursday accused Nigerian security forces of using excessive force and killing at least 115 people in a crackdown on Biafran agitators.
Violence flared in Nigeria’s south-eastern states this year, claiming the lives of at least 127 police or members of the security services, according to the police.
Some 20 police stations and election commission offices have been attacked.
The Indigenous People of Biafra seeking independence for the Igbo, and its extremist wing Eastern Security Network have been blamed for the violence, but IPOB has denied the charges.
Amnesty said that in response, security forces, including the military, police and the Department of State Services intelligence agency have killed dozens of gunmen, as well as civilians, where attacks have taken place.
‘The evidence gathered by Amnesty International paints a damning picture of ruthless excessive force by Nigerian security forces in Imo, Anambra and Abia states,’ said Osai Ojigho, the group’s Nigeria director.