Military, Boko Haram violating human rights – Amnesty International

The Amnesty International on Monday accused the Nigeria and the sect of perpetrating serious abuses in the North eastern part of the country.

Secretary General of the global body, Mr. Salil Shetty, who stated this in a statement, said the group arrived at the conclusion following a recent trip its members made to Bornu State.

He  said the group was in possession of gruesome video footage, images and testimonies it gathered during the fact-finding mission.

He said the evidences had provided “fresh evidence of war crimes, including extrajudicial executions, and other serious violations being carried out in north-eastern Nigeria as the fight by the against and other armed groups intensifies.”

The footage, obtained from numerous sources during the recent trip, he added, revealed graphic evidence of multiple war crimes being carried out in the northern part of Nigeria.


Shetty said the evidence in the possession of his group  “includes horrific images of detainees having their throats slit one by one and dumped in mass graves by men who appear to be members of the Nigerian and the Civilian Joint Task Force, state-sponsored militias. ”

He added, “It also shows the aftermath of a raid on a village, in which the armed group killed nearly 100 people and destroyed or badly damaged scores of homes and other buildings.”

He said the shocking new evidence is further proof of the appalling crimes being committed with abandon by all sides in the conflict, stressing that Nigerians deserved better treatment than that.

The secretary said,  “These are not the images we expect from a government which sees itself as having a leadership role in Africa. The ghastly images are backed up by the numerous testimonies we have gathered which suggest that extrajudicial executions are, in fact, regularly carried out by the Nigerian military and CJTF.”

It noted that more than 4,000 people had been killed this year alone in the conflict by the Nigerian military and Boko Haram, including more than 600 extrajudicially executed following the Giwa Barracks attack on March 14 in Maiduguri.


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