Nigerian govt urged to evacuate citizens from Cote d'Ivoire

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A human rights group in Nigeria has asked the federal government to evacuate Nigerian citizens from Cote d'Ivoire, amid reports that some Nigerians were killed in the troubled country early this week.

''We are indeed sad to learn that some Nigerians have been killed by renegade members of the Ivorian armed forces loyal to incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo,'' the Human Rights Writers' Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) said in
a statement.

''The killing is reprehensible, despicable and unwarranted. We hereby call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to immediately probe the unprecedented rise in gross human rights violations, including several cases of extra-legal executions carried out by soldiers in Ivory Coast on the orders of the embattled President Laurent Gbagbo in his desperation to retain presidential power by all means,'' it said.

Nigeria, which currently chairs the regional bloc Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is in the forefront of current efforts by the group to get Gbagbo to step down in favour of the acclaimed winner of the 28 Nov. presidential runoff, Alassane Ouattara.

ECOWAS has threatened to use military force to oust Gbagbo if he fails to quit.
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21 january 2011 08:33:13

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