Nigerian security forces maim, kill thousands in ‘torture chambers’ – Amnesty International

Thousands of Nigerians are detained and tortured, and some killed, yearly by their country’s security forces, a damning report by the global rights organization, Amnesty International, said Thursday.

The report indicted the Nigerian military and police for brutal torture and extra judicial killing of Nigerians, including children held in their custody.

It also said between 5,000 and 10,000 Nigerians have been detained since 2009 when military operations began against the armed group, Boko Haram, and that many of them have either been tortured or otherwise ill-treated.

The report, presented in Abuja Thursday compiles 10 years of abuses.

“Torture is a routine occurrence in Nigeria, largely to extract “confessions” or as punishment for alleged crimes and that hundreds of suspects in police and military custody across the country are being subjected to a range of physical and psychological torture or other ill-treatment while security forces act in a climate of impunity,” Amnesty International said.

The report came as Nigerian officials complained about an alleged decision by the United States government to stop Nigeria from procuring arms to tackle Boko Haram.

The United States accuses Nigeria of extensive human rights abuses in its fight against Boko Haram and says its laws forbid arms transaction with any country so accused.

Amnesty International’s report is certain to complicate efforts at resolving the issues to allow Nigeria obtain military support and equipment.

The 62-page report, presented by Nicola Duckworth, a Senior Researcher and Netsanet Belay, Africa Advocacy Director with AI, is titled “Welcome to Hell Fire’ Torture and Other Ill-Treatment in Nigeria.”

AI is a global movement of more than three million supporters, members and activist in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights.

AI listed in the report the techniques employed by the military and the police to torture their victims as:

-Beating, (including with whips, gun butts, machetes, batons, sticks, rods and cables); Rape and sexual assault (including inserting bottles and other objects into woman’s vagina); Shooting people in the leg, foot or hand during investigation; Extracting nails, teeth, fingerprints and toenails with pliers; Suspending detainees upside down by their feet for hours.

Other methods are tying detainees to a rod by their knees and elbows and suspending them as on a roasting spit; Starvation; Forcing people to sit, lie or roll on sharp objects, such as glass or board with nails; Electric shocks, including administering shocks to the genitals; Choking with ropes until victims faint; ‘Tabay’ – when officers tie detainees elbows are behind their backs and suspend them; and ‘Water Torture’ – when hot and cold water are poured on naked bodies.

The report says by allowing torture to go unchecked, the Nigerian government is breaking its agreement under the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights; United Nation Convention Against Torture and the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture.

It said the abuses also violate the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance; The African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women; Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Geneva Convention – common Article 3 and the Second Additional Protocol.

Torture by the military

AI said there has been a marked increase in reports of human rights violations by the security forces including torture and other ill-treatment, since the emergency rule was first announced in the three North Eastern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.

It added that new regulations under the state emergency empowered the Joint Task Force, JTF, and military to arrest anyone suspected of terrorist related offence.

“Thousand of people – estimates ranges between 5,000 and 10,000 – suspected of association with Boko Haram have been detained. A large number of appear to have been subjected to torture, while virtually all are held in extremely poor conditions of detention that amount to ill-treatment,” it said.

“Of the thousand arrested and detained, few are eventually released. Some were extra-judicially executed. Other died from a combination of lack of medical care for injuries, starvation and/or inadequate food, and overcrowding and other poor detention conditions. An unknown number still remain in detention.”

AI said most of those it interviewed were detained by the JTF and the military in Giwa barracks in Maiduguri in Borno State and Sector Alpha military facility (known locally as Guatanamo) in Damaturu, Yobe State.

It said it also interviewed several people who were detained at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, and a detention centre in Abuja (a police facility known as ‘the abattoir’).

The organisation stated that most of those arrested and detained are held incommunicado – denied access to the outside world, including lawyers, families and courts, and are held outside the protection of the law – in conditions that may amount to amount to enforce disappearance.

It added, “Detainees are usually not informed of why they have been arrested, and their families are not told of their fate or where they are going to be held,” it said

Torture by Police

AI said in researching the report, it visited police stations throughout Nigeria over many years and documented hundreds of allegations of torture or other ill-treatment in police custody.

It stated that most victims are poor and from vulnerable groups, and are tortured either to extract information and “confessions” or as punishment for their alleged offences.

According to the organisation, “Amnesty International found that torture is such a routine and systemic part of policing that many police sections in various states, including the SARS and CID, use designated ‘torture chambers’: special interrogation rooms commonly used for torturing suspects.

“These are often known by different names such as “the temple” or “the theatre”, and are in some cases under the charge of an officer known informally as “O/C Torture” (Officer in Charge of torture).

“Although reports of torture emanate from most police stations, several human rights defenders, lawyers and police officers told Amnesty International that torture is particularly common in the SARS police stations across Nigeria. Amnesty International was able to visit the SARS detention centre in the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja – known as the abattoir – in July 2009. Suspects were held in a disused warehouse located outside the city.

“Amnesty International delegates saw at least 30 empty bullet cases on the floor and chains hanging on the wall. There were visible signs of blood in the gutter. The situation was similar during a second visit in October 2012.”

Children also

The organisation said it received report about children under 18 being tortured in police custody.

It said, “Nigeria has three three juvenile offender institutions and several state remand homes, but in most police stations and prisons, children are held in cells together with adults.


AI said apart from carrying out extensive investigation, it also interviewed victims of torture, some of whose harrowing experiences were published in the report.

The organisation said for over 10 years, it documented more than 500 cases of allegations of torture and other ill-treatment by the Nigerian security forces against suspects held in their custody.

Police kick

In a statement by its spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, the police said while it would not question the freedom of Amnesty International to earn its relevance and bread, the force takes serious exceptions to some “blatant falsehoods” and innuendoes contained in that report.

“For one, it smacks of indecency and intemperate language to liken our dear nation Nigeria, to hell fire. That cannot be true. We believe that Nigeria is a growing nation, green and largely peaceful,” it said.

“While the Nigeria Police and other operators in the criminal justice sector are undergoing systematic reforms, and aligning themselves with the demands of democracy, there is no gain saying the fact that the Nigeria Police Force has since improved its operational efficiency and effectiveness.

“Since the dawn of democracy in 1999, the Nigeria Police Force has significantly improved on its human rights records, owing largely to training and re-training, community policing, attitudinal change and structural transformation.”

The police faulted AI’s claim that it visited police formations during which it interviewed some family member of suspects.

It said, “At no time in its report, did Amnesty speak or interface with the Police authorities. This obviously shows their disdain and apparent lack of character where the democratic tenets of fair hearing are concerned.

“The report covered a seven year period of 2007-2014. I dare say that some of the issues raised have since been dispensed with and settled.

The police said torture is not an official policy of the force and that whenever such complaints arise, culpable officials are promptly sanctioned.

The police also explained that contrary to AI’s claim, it is women-friendly and that it does not target sex workers, nor routinely adopt rape as a weapon.

“Instead, the Police has established a family and human trafficking unit to protect the rights of women, children and the vulnerable members of our society,” it said.

The force however said it “shall meticulously scan through the document, and investigate any current human rights abuses linked to any officer or formation. Any identified and established case of malfeasance or misconduct shall be treated in line with the laws and regulations.”


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  • redeem

    WHEN WILL IT BE THE TURN OF PT—————-YESTERDAY———–IT WAS SHARIA REPORTERS————THAT BLACKLISTED ME——THEN PUNCH————-NOW PUNCH AGAIN———–HEAR THE ANIMALS———–IN PUNCH———-We are unable to post your comment because you have been blocked by The Punch. Find out more.

    • redeem

      –they were there when Gaddafi was murdered in cold blood—-they could not raise a finger—————-to protect him———-Were they not—there when boko haram exploded bombs in UN offices in abuja–murdered innocent school kids———-kidnapped under aged school gals–killed over 20,000—humans in d fulani north———yet all the janjaweeds from the fulani north—with awoooooof oil blockc can think of— is to use their pre—colonial connection to plant such satanic stories—————–from amnesty Int————If I were an ediotr of PT I will throw this rubbish into the wasdte paper basket————these are the types of news items that often aid ISIS in Iraq– to behead humans–these are the types of janjaweed stories that often stimulate boko haram into beheading school kids in the fulani north——————we do not nned them here in Nigeria—-where are the ones they posted on Pakistan ati ISIS——-none——–animals

      • Guguru

        Yes, you work for ISIS to know what aids them.

        • redeem

          use yr common sense———————————————-who encouraged saddam hussein to invade Kuwait————————–the trouble with the black man–Kuwwait is owned by black arabs———-the amir of kuwait is black———————like u————————–over 99.9 percent of kuWAITIS HAIL FROM————-IRAQ———————SEE THE TROUBLE———————–TELL US WHAT THE USA ACHIEVED BY THE MURDER OF SADDAM

          • Guguru

            Shut up. Lunatic.

    • emmanuel

      SR and Punch are a house of fools.

      We made them popular and moved the crowd out of their forum when we became too hot for them.

      They are involved in media gagging. Bunch of ethnic bigots and political iridentists.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)


        Pathetic and self-delusional cat turds; that’s what your claim amounts to!

        • emmanuel

          Who cares!

        • emmanuel

          People who uses medieval titles like esquire do not qualify for my engagements. Your exposure is still 100 years behind, that is why you dwell in half truths fed to you by your role models who are crooks, spoilers and self righteous.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Like “irredeemable” who is obviously yours?

            Is it possible your name is also Pastor Oritsejafor?

        • Bigzy

          My comments have severally been blocked on the Punch forum recently.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Good one, it means you can disagree more politely, which I don’t mind!

          • Bigzy

            Generally, I speak as I see.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Your freedom of expression excludes the right to offend!

            I am sure you are aware of that.

          • Bigzy

            I hope that you will also follow your own advice at all times.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Bigzy, believe me or not, I do not abuse or seek to cause offence to anyone, until they do to me.

          • Bigzy

            Honestly Kay, I would like to think that this is also my modus operandi. Of course there are others who wade in with wild accusations and insolence, Wahala for instance, and I treat them the same.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            In fairness to you, I cannot paint you with that brush.

          • Bigzy

            I do think that largely you operate in the same fashion. In my typically Igbo accent, odarooo!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, Bigzy.

            Kachi f’onu! (hope I got that right)!

      • Omo Oodua

        u didnt add Premium Times!

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      It is because you are deemed “irredeemable” and a nuisance who always seek to shift the focus of discussions into the realm of non sequitur.

      Aside that, you spread too many baseless and asinine rumours.

      • emmanuel

        Absolute lies.

        Redeem churns out information the way they are. You guys who stand truth on the head are very uncomfortable with his style because of your repressive media management style.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Go back to bed, Emmanuel.

          Seems your finger tips are awake and romancing the keyboard, but you brain is still fast asleep!

      • redeem

        Sack Dasuki—————ati Gusau——————-Emir of Kano ati Sultan of Sokoto——-speak up on boko haram now——or forever shut up————-boko haram is the baby—–of the entire Fulani race—so-declare fatwa on them if u aint involved—-in the murder of innnocent 9jas-But forever leave Sheriif and Ihejirika out of the rubbish—-Obj arranged with Davis————–Blacklisted by sharia reporters and the janjaweeds in Punch—cause of my support for Zonathan? I begi–@wahala——————-aware this will be one of the greatest news to the ears of janjaweeds like u—-yipeeeeeeeeeee—-keep on celebrating——As for good old Deri–ati Redeem he has cleverly achieved his objectives-period———–so laugh–I dey laugh like Obj——-abi ?——–this is not Nigeria of 1950———————paddy man— when u attempted to regionalize my thoughts———–in that bonded zone—–of yours————————with yr yeye lying tongue—————of Hausa/Fulani rubbish———–I asked a simple question where are the Hausa governors—and their local government areas–in the North———-are TIVs Gwaris Nupes—now Hausas—————-or Igbiras———-abi fulanis———– is that too much a question to ask—————Jonathan is the best thing to happen to Nigeria—name any other presidential material in APC that u can order about like Jonathan–or would listen to yr pleas—is it buhari —atiku——————–kwankaso or tambuwal—————————that will be as humble as zonatan——–i begi

  • Gideon Orkar

    AI is a waste of space

    • Wähala

      Until NPF arrest and send your arss to ‘Area F’ police station in Ikeja, that’s when you’ll know if AI is lying or not…
      I watched a documentary about security brutality in Nigeria on Al Jazeera and 3Sat channels immediately after the AI released their report, it’s true! SR still has a gruesome video of Nigerian Army executing BH prisoners like the ISIS in Iraq. Na true! The consequences are what is playing out in South Africa now… if your moron is to be believed. Tout!

      • Alcindo Satori

        Or until book haram overruns Nigeria and sends your sorry ass to where you belong — hell that is.

      • emmanuel

        Transperancy International, Amnesty International, Al-Jazera are known bunch of unreliable institutions who doctor videos and photograph from war scenes to support their reports which in most cases are meant to solicit more fundings from where they enrich themselves.

        They have been known to use videos from the then Rwanda war for current crises in regions of Africa. Recall the one posted by Amnesty of Boko Haram about the military recently which was transported from another country? What did an enemy of Nigeria like you say about it? You are hear referring to a photoshop video!

      • the truth

        I am beginning to suspect that you are a boko haram sympathizer.I have observed any time premium times carries the news of attack from boko haram you are always jubilant indirectly commenting on why Nigeria is a failure.there was a post on how boko haram was crushed and I never saw your they accuse the government and you are in support of it.u have never criticized constructively on this forum,u abuse and castigate without proferring any solution.

        • Bigzy

          He is indeed a BH activist. He claims to be Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa depending on who he is talking to. He is a true cameleon.

      • redeem

        U ARE THE GREATES MUMU ON EARTH———–foolishly thought at yr janjaweed level in APC
        u will think like a human being——–did not know yr were so limited————-in ideas in spite
        of yr stay abroad—————-aljazeera was set up by the CIA———THEY WORK FOR THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT—————–their editorial policies—–are often designed to suit the needs of the USA————–in the Arab world————Do u know the number of editorial staff that have quit their jobs with al jazeera because they refused to photo-shop for the CIA over the crisis in Syria—-Not to talk of Nigeria————————————the fulanis have the backing of the US———-d yankees will prefer to deal those people with blood in their hand over the murder of kudirat than people from yr mothers tribe the Ibos—————————————————cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeers

      • Bigzy

        Chief Boko Haramist, you are always showing us cascades of your true colours. But note that no amount of bleating is going to stop our military from punishing your killer gang. Nigeria can source arms from other avenues. Perhaps this is part of the reason why the military went to SA for arms.

        • Wähala

          Which military? Military that bolts and overshoots the border by 700km into neighboring countries ba? Keep relying on fat Alex Badeh, mugu. It is the military committing the carnage, ask AI and Obama… the military did not go to any South Africa to purchase arms, that journey is purely laundering of some of the $20bn you creek wetbacks stole from our Treasury. Na God catch fake Oritsejafor, soon the trials of Dumbo’s accomplices will begin… na den you go know the true colours in the cascade of feathers covering fowl naysh. Don’t worry… stay tuned! Ode buruku. Oloshi.

          • Bigzy

            What point are you trying to make by intimating that our military overshot into a neighbouring country by so many kms? Has that counry complained to you about this? Is it your stock in life to disparage all that is done by the Government and the Military simply because Buhari cannot win a free and fair election? You will die of bad bellie when Nigerians re-elect GEJ as President in 2015.

            You seemed to be implying a threat when you said “Don’t worry… stay tuned!”, do you and your cohorts in the insurgency have something brewing? Onye isi mbebi!

          • Wähala

            The “point” is we have no military!

          • Bigzy

            I have never heard such crass nonsense from anyone before.The jihadist parasite living in your brain is driving you batty!

          • Bigzy

            With regard to your allegation about money laundering. I have to say that you are clutching at straws and hoping that one of your wild punches would land. We already know that one of your aPC / BH financiers was the inside man at the CBN. What in your make-up is compelling you to your inevitable end in disaster? Is it the jihadist parasite? Was it implanted by a militant cleric? I have seen documentaries where parasites leads the host to commit suicide. You need prayer to rescue you from this fate.

      • Gideon Orkar

        The only way we can guard against such abuses is .to have witnesses on ground. You sound like a prime candidate to lead such a worthy cause. Pls relocate to Bama and Sambisa

  • redeem

    A senior member of the European Parliament, Franz Obermayr MEP, has accused the Opposition All Progressive’s Congress (APC) of channeling European Parliament financial aid to Boko Haram in the North East of Nigeria, and called on the European Commission to investigate alleged concerns over the party’s financial and political allegiance with the terror group.

    The Nigerian Times learnt exclusively that Franz Obermayr, of Austrian Freedom Party, currently the most popular political party in Austria, made the statements in a press release issued on 16 September and covered widely by the European press.

    The Nigerian Times also learnt that Obermayr has been working closely with Stand for Peace, a Muslim-Jewish interfaith organisation dedicated to countering extremism and promoting social and religious cohesion. Oberamyr has also called on EU election observers to closely scrutinise the links between the APC and Boko Haram in the run up to the 2015 presidential election.

    He said: “In Nigeria’s case, a large proportion of the subsidies from Brussels are used in the north of the country. The federal states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa in the extreme north-east of the country are precisely the areas in which Boko Haram’s campaign of terror is largely tolerated by the authorities. The aforementioned sub-republics are governed by the All Progressive Congress (APC)”

    • Wähala

      Na lie… No Austrian gives a hoot if all of Nigeria is set on fire. Diezani paid that clown during her recent OPEC meeting in Vienna to make those spurious accusations, stop spreading diversionary lies. When will your life change? Talk about Oritsejafor and arms smuggling to Boko Haram, at least that pot is still cooking. Ole. Tief… drunkard!

      • Alcindo Satori

        the truth hurts so bad?

  • Tabugbo

    The fact that Amnesty International was able to make their so called damning statement in Abuja (to justify their drive for more funding from backers), free from detention or expulsion from Nigeria, is the best evidence that Nigeria has changed a lot for the better.

    • sharp shape

      You too much Gbam

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      I agree with you, Tabugbo. I do not even believe the crap they put out there.

  • Funmi

    There is no falsehood in this Amnesty report because there’s no governance in Nigeria.
    The earlier Nigerians stop fooling themselves that anything else but stealing takes place
    between any two elections in Nigeria, the better for the country and its degraded populace.

    • Alcindo Satori

      and your point is??? Nigeria should not be allowed to defend itself from boko haram? Check yourself ohh!! You must be el rufai’s wife.

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      Funmi – do you have another credible independent report to ascertain the veracity of these spurious claims by Amnesty International? Is there any country in the world that does not use some form of torture to interrogate its detainees – including loud talking USA? Remember Guantanamo Bay Detention in Cuba that is owned by the USA? Just because we seem to “hate” the current government, does that mean “any piece of information” that appears to tarnish the image of the government is hailed as the “truth” and seen as an opportunity to score cheap political points? Why? I long and thirst of a breed of Nigerians who would see things the way they really are…not people who only see things from the lens of parochial politics.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Mr. Olawonyi,

        I am fully with you on this.

        Whilst the AI report may be largely very true, the double standard on display here is very blatant.

        It is amazing this report is coming from an AI that saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil for all the years the US operated Guantanamo Bay as a torture point and used water boarding, religious torture etc on captured ‘terrorist fighters’. The same AI that never said a word about the atrocities committed by Western soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, even though these are ongoing.

        These acts of omission and commission can only lend credence to an orchestrated plan to dismember Nigeria for 2015.

        Nigerians need to be forewarned, wherever the US and its Western allies go to “deliver humanitarian intervention”, the common people of these countries are rewarded with grief, strife, starvation, sorrow, death, pillage, chaos and so many other negatives. If in doubt, check out Iraq, Syria, Libya, Afghanistan, even Ukraine that was deliberately disarmed and handed over as Xmas Turkey to Russia, Lebanon, Gaza, Egypt and so many others.

        Do not give Nigeria a bad name just to destroy it.

      • NGPolitico

        Yes your point is valid but consider this;

        would you know about Guantanamo today if atrocities were not reported?

        Are Nigerian security forces forensic in their investigative approach or just brutal?

        Answering those questions honestly are the keys to reform. Yes the CIA has black sites in the middle of nowhere for rendition and torture of terrorists but these suspects tend to be high level players not one shoemaker who was strolling past the DSS HQ looking suspicious.

        There are effective and efficient ways to fight this war. Funmi is right!

        • Rocket_TV

          Lool the same way a police officer with no terrorist affiliation was killed by snipers and the family beaten? Talk something jare.
          The Taliban swelled in Afghanistan due to human rights abuses by American forces and special ops.
          This is all to deny Nigeria arms

    • emmanuel

      You sounded like someone who has been bewitched against the Nigerian Government.

      The Nigeria laws today is very lenient with terrorists and the Northern Judiciary possibly have un written code to free all terrorist (Fulani’s).

      What you ate suggesting is that Boko Haram guys should be set free once they tell the police that they are innocent. Funmi ko funmi ni! You these Fulani monsters would not stop using Yoruba names to deceive undiscerning readers.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        There is no lie in what Funmi wrote above.

        The only grouse with this AI report is in its double standard.

        There is no governance in Nigeria presently.

        Why deny the obvious?

      • redeem

        tooooooooooooooooooooooooo lenient for my taste ———–that is why we call for the sack of moles in government like dasuki ati ———-gusau——-how can u have two fulani in the security arm of government—–sell ing information to boko haram————at will——————-only a mad man will take this rubbish serious————they looked the other way when NATO was busy bomibg and killing little children in libya————-only thos who have not seen boko haram at work will pay heed to this rubbish by AI

    • the truth

      You must be a boko haram sympathizer

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Please explain how you surmised this from Funmi’s post above.

    • calito


  • Abel Wariboko

    These reports are now being used to deny Nigeria. Arms to fight Boko Haram. What a clever way of supporting terrorists and we are hear celebrating

  • Dokubo

    When you all become victims you will understand. Now that you profit from torture and corruption it is sweet to justify evil…the day will come ooo when the song will change, do not say I told you ooo

    • Stan

      When boko haram catch u na ur family. . Then ur song will change. .useless amnesty international. .America n other super power torture terrorist everyday and u guys don’t say shit.

    • redeem

      As I said b4 only a mad ethnic group will sponsor this rubbish——————————-that is the fulanis backing boko harasm—————-are they not the people in cgarge of the armed forcers and police—————————-are the ijaws the individuals government hired as IGP————————-or army cghief of staff———————–abi CAS

  • Duke

    AI you’re bringing to light what already is obvious and known despite their denials but I pray someday that, may their brothers/children/relations fall prey for such.

  • Hoxtygen

    For the allegations against police, its spot on. For the ones against the military, its to some extent true. Their uniform has become an element of intimidation and subjugation, and they damn make sure to humiliate you at every opportunity given.

    • redeem


  • Ken

    AI losing credibility very fast with their idiotic double-standards. White police men routinely shoot dead black teenagers in the US and AI doesn’t consider it a violation of human rights.

  • calito


  • agbrokoL

    Amnesty International should support government effort in eradicating all terrorists acts from the country.

  • True talker

    Anyone who has encountered security forces in Nigeria,know quite well what’s fact from fiction.
    Anyone still alive after the encounter,knows the true meaning of pain,so why deny the obvious?

    Nijah sef. Our own too much.
    Guilty or innocent,for NIJAH you go suffer or pay money.

    Abi I dey lie?

    • Mamapikin

      My broad, you nor de lie. Leave the bastards that omeri has bought with stolen funds. Someday, accounts will have to be rendered

  • Smith Scott

    Once Nigeria military make success against Boko Haram, Sani the spoke man of Boko Haram will instigate Amnesty International to put the military in a hot spot so as the weaken their moral. Why have we never heard from this Amnesty for more than eight month now when Boko Haram were successful?

    • Omo Oodua

      exactly my point! though Premium Times have continued to block my comments for no just reason!

  • Ekwekwe

    Waiting for Amnesty International to say something about the killing and mistreatment of people of African descent by the police in UK and the US.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    To say it in just one sentence: Nigeria does not have a government. What Nigeria has is just a gang of thieves masquerading in long, flowing garments as ‘leaders’. What we have in Nigeria are just nonentities who disgrace Nigeria in the international community. What we have in Nigeria are just hypocrites who advise Nigerians to be patriotic but are the worst elements in Nigeria that flout with brazen disregard everything that requires expression of patriotism. The recent transfer of raw cash to South Africa is just one pointer to what I am saying here. Now, how does Nigeria expect to be respected when these ‘leaders’ and their minions act in a way to disgrace Nigeria before the international community? How does Nigeria expect to be respected by South Africa and, indeed, other African countries when its ‘leaders’ engage in everything obnoxious and disgraceful at every turn of event?

    Regarding the damning report by the Amnesty International, this is not the first time a report like this has been made. At every turn of event the so-called leaders of Nigeria will say they will investigate and that ended the matter; the military promised to investigate the role of the military in this shameful act, and that was the end of it! And that’s why I say Nigeria has no leaders or government. We have somebody who calls himself a president who is supposed to be the commander-in-chief; will this man say he has never heard about this kind of carnage visited on civilians? What did he do? We have a person who calls himself the attorney general of Nigeria; will he say he has never heard about this genocidal act? We have the inspector general of police and his 37 state commissioners; we have the various service chiefs and their leading chief of defence staff. Would all these people beat their chests and swear they have never heard about these damning reports about the activities of rambunctious, riotous and blood-thirsty minions under their various commands? What did they do? The only thing that usually comes out of them is ‘denial, denial, denial’! The civilians are getting gradually frustrated and anger is boiling in them. One of these days they will come out to tell these so-called leaders that there is a limit to human endurance and a sense of self-help will rise in them. And if these soldiers, policemen/women and members of the SSS think they would overwhelm the civilians when they rise against them then they must have another think coming! The Boko Haram has shown that when civilians decide to say, ‘enough is enough’ the established security operatives will have to take the beating. And when another group of civilians opens up another theatre of war, the military and police will have no hiding place; not even escaping to the Cameroons would help them. The police and military should realize that what distinguishes them from able-bodied civilians is only the uniform as the Boko Haram have shown. Carrying a gun and making good use of it is not the sole capability of the soldiers and police. Jonathan must stop this nonsensical electioneering campaign for another term of office and face his present duty squarely. As I have said earlier, Jonathan failed woefully in protecting the security of men and women of this country; and this Amnesty International report is just one example of that.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    This report is being placed to portray our security agencies in bad light. It is all lies

  • Omo Oodua

    Premium Times, you can continue to block and delete comments, but you can never block the truth! Pathetic times reporters.

    • redeem

      are they not in the same league with Punch–ati -Sharia Reporters————–