Download: NHRC report on Baga

A woman walks past burnt houses in the aftermath of what Nigerian authorities said was heavy fighting between security forces and Islamist militants in Baga, a fishing town on the shores of Lake Chad, adjacent to the Chadian border, April 21, 2013. The bloody gun battle against Islamist insurgents in Nigeria last week involved forces from neighbouring Chad and Niger, officials said on Tuesday, as West African countries increasingly view jihadist groups as a cross-border threat. There was no confirmation of the death toll from Friday's fighting, but a Nigerian military source said dozens may have died, many of them civilians. The Nigerian Red Cross said it was checking reports from locals that 187 people had died, but had still not obtained security clearance to go into Baga. Picture taken April 21, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer (NIGERIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) - RTXZ0PR

On Sunday, Nigeria’s human rights body released its interim report on the Baga Killings where it rebuked the scale of military force used on the coastal town of Baga, Borno state.

Between 30 and 200 people were killed in fighting between soldiers and Boko Haram militants in April in Baga. The report criticizes the government for focusing more on the number of casualties than the legality and the scale of the force.

The National Human Rights Commission said in an interim report on what is now known as the Baga massacre said that while it was yet to announce its impression of the the numbers killed in the attack, and those responsible, the incident illustrates “serious concerns” about “proportionality of the use of force as well as humanitarian and human rights compliance in internal security operations.”

Download the full report here.


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    Members of our (national traitors club) from APC are here again with their smelly regional vomits—u can easily identify them miles away from the venue of the confab–is it not better for us to jaw jaw than to war war-ooo yee ppl of old 9jas? Happy to have boko haram chase school gals and boys with-their rusty guns abi? Have we not seen enough blood, tears and sorrows in our midst already-since 1945-yet yearn for more’ Haba–may be cause some of us are cannibals–while others believe the only road to peace and progress in Nigeria is via human sacrifice abi? Those whose policy is to adopt riutal killing as the goal post to peace –have enough human bodies to collect in borno state-or babga

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