The Amnesty International (AI) has alleged that Nigerian military men have been engaging in the inexplicable detention and forceful displacement of villagers in their battle against insurgency in the north-east region of Nigeria.
Amnesty International, in a recently released report, alleged that the Nigerian military razed three villages to ashes and detained six men from the displaced villages at Maimalari military barracks in Maiduguri for about a month before they were freed without any charge.
According to Osai Ojigho, the Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, their actions violated international humanitarian rights.
“These brazen acts of razing entire villages, deliberately destroying civilian homes and forcibly displacing their inhabitants with no imperative military grounds, should be investigated as possible war crimes,” Ojigho stated.
“They repeat a longstanding pattern of the Nigerian military’s brutal tactics against the civilian population. Forces allegedly responsible for such violations must be suspended immediately and brought to justice.”
Amnesty International noted that the unlawful tactics became evident in December 2019, when Boko Haram made major attacks along the important roads between Maiduguri and Damaturu, the capitals of Borno and Yobe States respectively.
The AI report reads in part:
“Nigerian soldiers arrived on Friday, January 3, 2020, and went house to house and to surrounding farmland, forcing everyone to gather under a tree and by a graveyard after which they were forced to board large trucks and saw them burn their villages.
“The trucks then took more than 400 women, men, and children to an internally displaced persons camp near Maiduguri.”