Nov. 2 (PREMIUM TIMES) — The Force Headquarters has expressed concern over the content and methodology adopted in compiling the Amnesty International report, which criticised the methods used by security forces in tackling Boko Haram.
The report entitled, “Nigeria: Trapped in the cycle of violence’’, and released on Thursday, documents the atrocities carried out by Boko Haram as well as the alleged human rights violations carried out by security forces in response.
The report listed the response to include enforced disappearance, torture, extrajudicial executions, the torching of homes and detention without trial.
Frank Mba, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, said in a statement that the fact that most of the sources of the content of the report were not named puts the “authenticity, credibility and legitimacy of the report in question”.
The statement said the Force, as a law enforcement agency, “takes criticisms against its organisation seriously and as such, has begun a critical study of the report.
“The Police Authority has begun a comprehensive and critical study of the report with a view to establishing its veracity and relevance vis-à-vis our contemporary security challenges and needs.”
The statement, however, said that the Force would continue to improve the capacity and efficiency of its service delivery to protect lives and property.
It said the Force would also continue to initiate and improve on policies designed to strengthen the essential values of democratic policing.
It listed the values to include transparency, accountability, respect for the fundamental human rights of all citizens and the promotion of strong professional ethics within the Force.
“The Force will at all times, reward excellent deeds, while at the same time, hold accountable those found wanting in the discharge of their duties, bearing in mind that no organisation, including Amnesty International is perfect,’’ it said.