Nigeria tries to muzzle dissent, Amnesty report says

A new Amnesty International report has accused Nigeria of trying to muzzle dissent by arresting and intimidating journalists and protesters.
According to the Associated Press, the London-based human rights group cites examples of police blocking peaceful protests.
Those protests include those carried out by Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) activists demanding the Government rescue more than 200 kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, Shiite Muslims
demanding the release of their long-detained leader, and separatists calling for an independent Biafra in the South-East.
The statement says Amnesty has documented cases of enforced disappearances and killings of pro-Biafra supporters by security forces.
It also cites the detention of several journalists critical of officials in the Muhammadu Buhari-led Government.
According to Amnesty International, the intimidation appears to be "a barefaced attempt by the Nigerian Government to muzzle dissenting voices."
It thereby urged the Nigerian Government to halt detentions without trial, and put a stop to the excessive use of force by security agencies.

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