Amnesty International condemns Maiduguri killings demands independent investigation

The human rights group has called for thorough investigations into the alleged extra judicial killings by the Nigerian military.


 Nov. 2 (PREMIUM TIMES) Amnesty International has condemned the killings carried out by the Nigerian security forces combating Boko Haram in Maiduguri and called for independent investigations.

The Nigerian military, witnesses say, killed at least 40 civilians in a raid late Thursday night in several neighbourhoods in Maiduguri, the bastion of the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

“These reports from Maiduguri are shocking,” said Salil Shetty as he prepared to leave Nigeria.

“They underline the importance of Amnesty International’s call for thorough investigation into all reports of human rights violations.”

The killings are coming a day after human rights group, Amnesty International, released a report condemning the high handedness of the Nigerian security in combating the terrorist Boko Haram sect.

The rights group said Nigerian security forces extra judicially executed, detained without trial or charge and forced the disappearance of hundreds of people accused of links to the Boko Haram sect.

“As Amnesty International’s report, launched this week, already emphasized, the security services must act within the law. You can’t build security through creating insecurity,” Mr. Shetty said.

Amnesty said it is receiving the reports of the Maiduguri killings just as its Secretary General, Salil Shetty, concluded a high level mission to Nigeria over the damning report it released November 1.

Amnesty International said they had met the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohmmed Adoke, following the launch of the report where he, on behalf of the President, made commitments to investigate all reports of human rights violations by the security forces and said that any state actor found responsible will be brought to justice.


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  • sola_30_dolayo

    Amnesty International is always quick to condemn the Nigerian government for human rights violations yet does not equally demand investigation into the widespread terrorist insurgency that has destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of ordinary peace-loving Nigerian citizens, including security personnel. Clearly, the organisation fails to appreciate the nature and scale of the onslaught by internal and external terrorist forces, which the government and people have to contend with. In the past several terrorist have been rounded up, arrested and handed over to the custody of the judicial authorities only to escape back into the community where they do more havoc owing to the activities of fifth columnists who have infiltrated the rank and file of the public service. In addition, it is becoming evident that the terrorists have strong backing from powerful religious and political leaders.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      God bless you Sola. Not once have they asked the Sultan where he kept BH suspects handed over to him.

      • sola_30_dolayo

        Indeed. It is essential that Amnesty International maintain a position of equity and fairness in dealing with issues of human rights abuses and other forms of violence. It must be equally concerned with the flagrant violations perpetrated against unarmed citizens by criminals and politicians either posing as religious zealots or hiding under the cover of religion. Nigerians would like to see Amnesty International calling the members and sponsor of Boko Haram to order and requiring them to follow the due processes of the law to pursue legitimate grievances. Where was Amnesty International on 1st January, 2012 when Boko Haram issued an ultimate for all Christians living in Northern Nigeria – indigenes and non-indigenes alike – to leave within 3 days or be eliminated? Since then the terrorist sect has carried out systematic killings targeting Christian churches and worshippers, security personnel and non-conforming Muslims. Hundreds have been brutally murdered. What does Amnesty International have to say about this?

      • sola_30_dolayo

        Sorry I meant ‘ultimatum’ and ‘sponsors’

      • sola_30_dolayo

        Is it ok if I call you Mpiti? Wasn’t sure.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          I am cool with that