Boko Haram: Army Faults Amnesty Int’l On Extra-Judicial Killings’ Report

Boko Haram: Army Faults Amnesty Int’l On Extra-Judicial Killings’ Report

Nigerian Army, yesterday, faulted Amnesty International on its recent report, which accused the Army and other security agencies of extra-judicial killing and illegal detention of Boko Haram members.

According to the Army, the methodology used by Amnesty International to arrive at the report was partisan.

Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, who spoke at a media parley, frowned at the claims by officials of Amnesty International that they visited Borno, Bauchi, Kano states and the FCT, several times to conduct interviews with alleged members of Boko Haram on issues of rights abuse, without seeking the opinion of the military.

Ihejirika, who was represented by the Chief of Civil/Military Affairs, Maj.-Gen. Bitrus Kwaji, said: “I am happy to observe that Amnesty International recognises that all violent acts of Boko Haram constitute threats to life and peaceful coexistence under international law and the laws of Nigeria.

“The law empowers nations to tackle these acts of violence against its law-abiding citizens.

“We want to point out, therefore, that the methodology of arriving at their report is based solely on a one-way research approach, which is the visit to Maiduguri, Bauchi, Kano and FCT.

“They claimed they interviewed the Boko Haram people. From all these, it is clear they did not seek the opinion of security agencies.”

He pointed out that claims by the report that the offices of the National Security Adviser, Inspector-General of Police, Minister of Police Affairs and Ministry of the Interior were approached during the research were not enough reasons to submit that the Army was indulging in human rights abuses.

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