Human Rights Commission investigates use of chemical weapons in Benue

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The National Human Rights Commission said on Friday that it has commenced investigations into the alleged use of chemical weapons on the civilian population in some parts of Benue State.

A statement from the NHRC’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Fatima Mohammed, said the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Professor Bem Angwe, revealed the commencement of the probe when he led a delegation to Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam.

Angwe said that the Protection Sector Working Group will next week visit Benue State to carry out a full scale investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons on people and also assess the human rights situation of persons displaced by the crisis.

The PSWG include the NHRC, National Emergency Management Agency, National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, Institute of Peace and Conflict Resolution, Red Cross Society, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development among others.

Angwe, who chairs the PSWG, said, “If indeed chemical weapons are being used in Benue State, this is a direct threat to humanity which is a dangerous trend and if unchecked can spread to other parts of the country.”

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