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Open grazing: Rights group decries death threats to activist

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Open grazing: Rights group decries death threats to activist

The Citizens Centre for the Protection of Human Rights has decried death threats issued to a human rights activist, Nnamdi Chike Odoh by people suspected to be opposed to his campaign against open grading by Fulani herdsmen.

 

According to the group, since Odoh intensified his campaign against the establishment of open grazing reserves in states in the South- South and South East, he has received threats by unknown persons, who want him to stop or risk being killed.

 

The head of the group’s Campaign and Advocacy, Lekia Barisua, in a statement, condemned the threats on the life of Odoh, describing them as barbaric and an infringement on his right to expression.

 

In a petition to the rights group, Odoh said: “My life and that of my family is not safe, we have been hiding from one place to the other. I take the threat as very credible given what is going on in the country, especially in Plateau and Benue states.

 

 

“We have seen selected targeting of activists who are against open grazing and grazing reserves in the country. I am calling on security agencies to urgently investigate this threat and protect my life and that of my family. We are living in fear.”

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