New York, US - The UN human rights office on Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks on several villages in north-eastern Nigeria on Sunday that led to the death of more than 150 people.
About 65 persons were killed in seven villages in north-eastern state of Adamawa, while some 90 others were killed in Izge village, Borno, also in the northeastern part of the country.
The spokesperson for the human rights office, Ms. Ravina Shamdasani said many residents had now fled the area for fear of further attacks by the armed men.
She stated: 'We condemn in the strongest terms Sunday’s attacks by gunmen against eight villages in Adamawa and Borno states in Nigeria.'
'We are appalled by the extreme and indiscriminate violence which Nigeria has been witnessing in recent times, including the attacks on two villages on 11 February, which left 39 people dead, 65 injured and reportedly 2,000 homes destroyed,' she added.
The spokesperson also urged the Nigerian government to do more to provide security and protection to civilians, especially in areas prone to attacks and where a state of emergency has been proclaimed.
'We also call upon the authorities to launch a prompt and thorough investigation, and make sure that perpetrators of these gross human rights violations and killings are duly prosecuted and held responsible,' Ms. Shamdasani stressed.
According to media reports, the Islamist militant group known as Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attacks, the latest violence to hit the region.
The group has in the past targeted civilians, including students and worshipers, politicians, members of government institutions and foreign nationals.