HURIWA condemns Amnesty report on alleged killings in Borno
Pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned the report of Amnesty International (AI) over alleged killings by soldiers in Giwa town, Borno State.
HURIWA said Amnesty International severally used its extensive media network to cajole the hierarchy of the Nigeria military.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the Coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said; “the group challenged the scientific veracity of that report based on some manifest errors that characterised it and for the fact that this organisation singled out some top generals of the army for indictment over war crime and carefully left out others in the anti-terror war.”
Onwubiko explained that the UK-based organisation, which just a few months ago set up a small office in Abuja had prior to its actual physical location in Nigeria authored a report in which many second-hand information and hearsay accounts of some participants in the theatre of war told then tales of massive killings of Boko Haram terrorists.
“Amnesty International severally used its extensive media network to cajole the hierarchy of the Nigeria military to investigate on one hand but on another breath it sent a copy of this unsubstantiated report on the counter-terrorism war to the International Criminal Court.”
According to him, Amnesty International was invited to a meeting by the Army hierarchy headed by Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai in which HURIWA was present at the meeting with CLEEN Foundation, a U.S. funded NGO.
He said at the session the Army brought evidence which repudiated the claims made by Amnesty International and the representatives of AI could not justify some of the claims contained in the report and commended the Army for initiating a move to deploy self-disciplinary mechanisms to investigate these allegations and called for an independent investigation.
HURIWA further stated that: “The conduct of operations in the North East is purely predicated on the Nigerian Army rules of engagement, code of conduct and in accordance with international law. The allegation of systematic extra-judicial killing by troops is at variance with the proven records of the Army on rules of engagement.”
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