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Nigerian Army Refutes Amnesty International’s Allegations of War Crimes



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Everyone is still talking about the recently released Amnesty International report and video in which the organization alleged that the Nigerian army committed heinous war crimes in the course of the fight against Boko Haram.

The Nigerian army has released a statement denying the allegations, Premium Times reports:

The Defence Headquarters has noted with dismay the gruesome allegations made by the Amnesty International against some senior military officers serving and retired of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

It is unfortunate that all effort made in the allegation was geared towards continuation of blackmail against the military hierarchy in which the organisation had embarked upon as far back as the inception of military’s action against terrorist in the North East.

The officers mentioned in the report have no reason, whatsoever, to indulge in the allegation made against them. It is unfortunate that the organisation just went out to gather names of specified senior officers, in a calculated attempt to rubbish their reputation as well as the image of the military. The action, no doubt, depicts more of a premeditated indictment aimed at discrediting the country for whatever purpose.

Each of the previous allegations had been thoroughly responded to and cleared in the public and officially. The title down to the body of the allegation smacks of the extreme bias, which is disturbing coming from an otherwise reputable organisation that is expected to be just and fair to all. Unfortunately in this case, has taken a premeditated position, which is far from noble.

It is curious that a body that has never been able to seriously condemn terror in Nigeria now claims to have done an extensive research with the aim of discrediting the nation’s effort at curtailing terror.

It is clear that Amnesty International (AI) becomes more active in presenting distractive allegations whenever the terrorists are losing ground in the battle. It is very unfortunate that Amnesty International has used this report to further confirm its questionable interest in the counter-terrorism effort in Nigeria.

It will be recalled that the Joint Investigation Team was set up by the Defence Headquarters as part and parcel of efforts to ensure that no detainee suffer unjustly. The detention facilities were thrown open for visits and inspections by independent bodies such as International Committee of the Red Cross and other reputable international organisations and personalities.

Amnesty International is advised to stop playing the role of an irritant coming up loudly only when the terrorists are losing out and remaining silent or complacent whenever the terrorist heightens its atrocities. It is unfair to persist in effort to discredit Nigerian military by seeking all avenues to stigmatise individual officers of the nation’s military purely to satisfy an agenda against the security agencies and image of Nigeria before the international community.

The Nigerian Armed Forces is quite conscious of the fact that the operation has prompted the need to save citizens from abuse of their rights by mindless terrorists. Accordingly, the forces have continued to state and restate its commitment to the rights of Nigerians and all its citizens while prosecuting its anti-terrorism campaign. It is very unfortunate that Amnesty International has chosen to ignore all the responses and clarifications provided to its enquires by the authorities.

It is unfair to rely on records or reports provided by certain disgruntled elements or faceless collaborators who have axe to grind with the system as evidence against officers who have been conscientiously doing their duty to defend the nation and her citizens.

For avoidance of doubt, the Nigerian military does not encourage or condone abuse of human rights neither will any proven case be left unpunished. The kind of impunity being alleged by Amnesty International has no place in the Nigerian military. Every officer in the field is responsible for his action and is duly held accountable. So far, no allegation has been sufficiently proved against those whom Amnesty International is so desperate to convict.

The statistics are largely spurious or manipulated to satisfy a clandestine motive. Indeed, the loud publicity given to these damning allegations suggests an intention to blackmail the military and particular senior officers rather than a sincere advice to the government. This cruel tendency is not new, despite the timing.

The Nigerian military therefore rejects the biased and concocted report provided by Amnesty International. Additional definite response will be provided subsequently as deemed necessary.

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  1. EllesarisEllendil

    June 4, 2015 at 5:25 am

    I do not care about the human rights of child-murdering fanatic rebels. Amnesty International should go to her paymasters and tell them Nigeria will crush the evil of Boko Haram by all means necessary. Utter rubbish! I won’t even bother listing America and Western atrocities, Mumu people!

  2. Eva

    June 4, 2015 at 5:52 am

    please address the issues. Tell us if the video is fake or not. Does the killing camps exist? are the young men in the video actors? why are the people in Borno and environs corroborating the story? Tell us facts please not attacking the credibility of amnesty international it is childish please.

    • EllesarisEllendil

      June 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

      If believing my Army which is currently fighting for the survival of my nation is “childish” then I’m a toddler!

      I’ll leave mature people like you to believe foreigners with an obvious slant and selective blindness over their own protectors.

      P.S where was Amnesty International when US invaded Iraq for fake WMDs??? The Instability they have brought is not abuse of human right??? What was their excuse? Boko Haram is invading Nigerian territory is Iraq American territory?

      Amnesty International should leave its glass house first before flinging stones.

  3. Beamer

    June 4, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Errr..this is not about western propaganda..its about being humane even in the act of war. The fact that a nation is at war with terrorist does not excuse inhumane atrocities to be committed against the inhabitants of the affected areas. Rounding up so called Boko Haram Suspects and killing them is extra judicial killing and not justice..let the law do its work. No one made the Nigerian military executioner and judge. The allegations here are very possibly factual bearing in mind the kind of men that we have in military action…

  4. bunmi

    June 4, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Na 2day?

  5. DeAyo

    June 4, 2015 at 11:38 am

    Why is Amnesty Int not out for Kim Jong-un?? Why is Amnesty I not out for American soldiers in Iraq during the war? Why is AI not out for drug barons having a field day in Mexico or North American?

    If you all know the Power Game using the Game of Thrones to understand how Power tussle is used to the advantage of the rich, you all will understand that AI is not an independent body that is funded by themselves….
    They can never dare their feet into Asia or Middle East because they will dismember each person one after the other….. they come here to play on our emotions and present to the world that Africans are barbaric…. *i spit on their faces*** ….

    From my last post, one responded that they are not trained to prey on the weak, then what is War all about??Why is North Korea proving hard for America and American shivering because they do not know what NR would do next or even Iran or Israel because they still want to hold on to the power …. U need to understand what a Conspiracy theory or watch Scandal seasons again to understand it!!! Because Africans are trying to come out from the shell they placed us in and they are doing all they can to paint us black and evil…Africans, OPEN YOUR BLACK EYES
    ………………………………………………………………I rest my case!!!

    • Truthteller

      June 4, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      If your views of how the world works are from a tv show like Scandal and Game of Thrones then you are obviously dumb,

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