Submission to the Investigative Bodies on the November 28-29, 2008 Violence in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
Human Rights Watch testified before the Plateau State Judicial Commission of Inquiry on July 20, 2009 in Jos, the capital of Plateau State in central Nigeria, where on November 28-29, 2008, sectarian violence between Muslim and Christian mobs left hundreds dead.
Human Rights Watch conducted on-the-ground research in Jos in the immediate aftermath of the violence and in February 2009 and found that while most of the deadly inter-communal clashes took place on November 28, the vast majority of killings by the police and military came on November 29, the day that the Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, issued a "shoot-on-sight" directive to the security forces. Human Rights Watch documented 118 cases of alleged arbitrary killings by the security forces that took place between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on November 29 alone.
- Arbitrary Killings by Security Forces
- I. Summary
- II. Background on the Inter-Communal Violence in Jos
- III. Police, Military, and State Government Response to the Violence
- IV. Witness Accounts of Arbitrary Killings by the Police
- V. Witness Accounts of Arbitrary Killings by the Military
- VI. Recommendations
- VII. About Human Rights Watch