ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda condemned the mass kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian schoolgirls by the Boko Haram insurgent group last month, calling for the perpetrators to be held accountable. The group’s leader has admitted to the kidnapping and threatened to sell the girls.
Civil society also condemned the attacks. Secretary-General Salil Shetty of Amnesty International called for accountability of the group for its alleged crimes and also urged the Nigerian government to ensure that its troops do not commit human rights violations. Mausi Segun, Nigeria Researcher of Human Rights Watch, also encouraged Nigeria to get serious about the protection of citizens and criticized the Nigerian government for arresting two women protesting against the failure to rescue the abducted girls. Zama Coursen-Neff, Executive Director of the children’s rights division of Human Rights Watch, said the kidnappings should spur Nigeria to bring the Boko Haram to justice.
Another Boko Haram attack this week killed at least 310 in northeast Nigeria; the group also kidnapped a further eight girls from a village and attacked a school in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Moreover, a bombing in Nyanya killed at least 12 and injured 19 people.