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Amnesty Report: Nigerian Army Has Nothing To Hide – DHQ

Mfonobong Akpan

The Military High Command has declared that it has nothing to hide with respect to the Amnesty International report.

The report indicted some serving and former military officers of abuse of human rights in the Army’s battle against the insurgents in the North East of the Country.

Speaking in Abuja when senior officers of the Nigerian Army appeared before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the Chief of Army Administration, Major-General Adamu Baba Abubakar, stated that the Nigerian Army, being a creation of the Constitution is a law abiding institution that values and respects the rights of Nigerians.

Convener of the meeting and the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Professor Bem Angwe ,in his remark, said the report issued by the Amnesty International has generated a lot of concern to a lot of Nigerians, the government of Nigeria and the international community and the commission is determined to unearth the truth behind the report.

He added that the meeting is not aimed at singling out or laying emphasis on the Amnesty report but to address issues of human rights abuses, where they may exist and also provide a platform for Amnesty International to prove their allegations against the Military in addition to giving the Military an opportunity to react to the said allegations.

Professor Angwe noted that the meeting with the Military High Command demonstrates the fact that in a democratic Nigeria, nobody is above the law and that the Nigerian military had at no point in time pretended to be above the law.

The Defence Headquarters had described the Amnesty International report that called for the prosecution of some senior military officers, serving and retired, over their alleged roles in participating in, sanctioning or failing to prevent the deaths of more than 8,000 people murdered, starved, suffocated, and tortured to death as designed to blackmail the Nigerian Military.

Source: Channels

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