Perpetrators of ‘heinous’ attacks in Nigeria must be brought to justice – Security Council

26 January 2012

The Security Council has strongly condemned the multiple terrorist attacks that occurred in Kano, Nigeria, in recent days, causing numerous deaths and injuries, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The 15-member body expressed its deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of these “heinous crimes” and their families, and to the people and Government of Nigeria, in a statement issued to the press last night.

Multiple attacks across Kano last week resulted in large-scale casualties and massive destruction to property, with media reports saying that some 150 people were killed during a series of explosions targeting police buildings and immigration centres around the northern city.

“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group,” said the statement.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Nigerian authorities in this regard.”

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