By Angela Atabo
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to ascertain a Trust Fund for victims of assaults by herdsmen throughout the nation.
A press release signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Mr Timothy Adewale, in Abuja mentioned that the belief fund could be an essential first step in the direction of justice for victims and their households.
Adewale mentioned that it was additionally obligatory for the federal government to make sure that efforts to fight assaults by herdsmen was grounded within the rights of victims of illegal killings and their households.
He mentioned that to date authorities’s try to handle the persistent assaults had neglected the plight of the victims.
“It is essential to make sure that any coverage to deal with the issue just isn’t used as a ploy to undercut the probabilities of justice and reparation for victims and their households.
“It needs to be made clear that victims of assaults by herdsmen are entitled to efficient treatments no matter whether or not they carry their claims in opposition to the federal government in a person or collective capability.’’
Adewale mentioned that it was an crucial demand of justice that the accountability of the perpetrators of the illegal killings and destruction of property be clearly established.
He added that the rights of the victims and their households ought to be sustained to the fullest potential extent.
He mentioned that victims’ proper to an efficient treatment and reparation was a legally enforceable human proper and never a matter of charity.
“It isn’t any coincidence that the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended) and human rights devices check with victims’ proper to efficient treatments, together with entry to justice, reparation and assure of non-repetition.
“As the President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, SERAP believes that Buhari is in a robust place to finish the illegal killings and destruction of property apparently by herdsmen.
“Buhari needs to speak directly to Nigerians and particularly to the countless victims and their families,” he mentioned.