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Nigerian military calls for Amnesty International ban

Nigeria's army has called for the closure of Amnesty International's operations in the country.

In a report on Monday, the human rights group said at least 3,641 people had died in clashes between farmers and herders in Nigeria since 2016.

The army has accused Amnesty of trying to destabilise the country with "fictitious" claims.

A spokesperson for Amnesty told the BBC that the group "would not be discouraged" by the military's remarks.

The exchange of words comes days after Nigeria's military briefly suspended the activities of the UN children's agency Unicef.

Aside from those killed, thousands of people have been displaced since 2016 as a result of the long-running conflict between cattle herders and farmers in central Nigeria, according to Amnesty.

The NGO said more than half of these deaths had occurred in 2018 alone.

"These attacks were well planned and co-ordinated, with the use of weapons like machine guns and AK-47 rifles," said Osai Ojigho, Amnesty's Nigeria director.

"Yet, little has been done by the authorities in terms of prevention, arrests and prosecutions, even when information about the suspected perpetrators was available," she added.

"The Nigerian government has displayed what can only be described as gross incompetence and has failed in its duty to protect the lives of its population."

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