Human Rights group, Amnesty International, has said that a faceless and unknown group has threatened to attack its staff, supporters and premises.
The group in a brief statement, said the threat was issued during a press conference held on November 4, adding that similar groups had previously invaded their office issuing them an ultimatum to leave the country.
Amnesty further explained that its group is a global independent human rights movement, whose mandate is to hold authorities to account for their human right obligations.
The statement reads, “Amnesty International draws the attention of the Nigerian authorities and the general public to the intimidation and outright threats of attacks that were issued against its staff, supporters, and premises by a faceless and unknown group at a press conference held on 4 November 2020. Similar faceless groups had previously invaded our office and given us ultimatum to leave Nigeria.
“Amnesty International is a global human rights movement and we are independent of any government. Our mandate is to hold authorities to account for their human right obligations and commitments. This we have consistently done since June 1967 when we first started working in and on Nigeria.
“Every person whose rights are violated is entitled to an effective remedy. Exposing human rights violations and seeking redress for them are largely dependent on the degree of security enjoyed by civil society groups like Amnesty International.
“The Nigerian authorities owe a legal duty to ensure the protection of lives and properties of every person in the country. Malicious threats will not deter us from continuing to speak against human rights violations and abuses by state and non-state actors.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News