Anti-Terrorism and Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria

  • Samson Ayobami Joshua Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria


he Northern Region- particularly the north east of Nigeria has been under the siege of fundamentalist jihadist sect, otherwise known as Boko Haram since 2009 till date. The entire region has become a theatre of genocide, bloodshed and insecurity. This study attempts to evaluate this obvious challenge to security of lives and property of individual victims vis-à-vis the existing laws enacted to protect the victims. The approach of this study is premised on the argument that terrorism ordinarily amounts to a crime against human rights; and an infraction on fundamental freedoms of individuals by stigmatizing, delegitimizing and dehumanizing the victims. Though, the Nigerian government has responded to the menace of terrorism by enacting anti-terrorism laws, yet these laws have attracted severe criticisms. This study is founded on both primary and secondary data to give it a practical outlook. Consequently, the study discovered that application of some provisions of anti-terrorism laws negatively impact on the promotion and protection of human rights guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution. The study advocates measures to stem the tide of human rights abuse.

How to Cite
JOSHUA, Samson Ayobami. Anti-Terrorism and Protection of Human Rights in Nigeria. KIU Journal of Humanities, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, p. 205-209, may 2020. ISSN 2522-2821. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 21 jan. 2022.