Nigerian Army Replies Amnesty International

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The Nigerian Military High Command has responded to the Amnesty International(AI) report which accused Nigerian troops of committing human rights offences while prosecuting the war against Boko Haram in Borno State.

Nigeria Army’s Administration Chief, Major-General Adamu Baba Abubakar, who gave the force’s position when he appeared before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja, declared that the Nigerian Army has nothing to hide in respect of the reports, saying, as a creation of the Constitution, it will always abide by the law and respect the rights of Nigerians.

Abubakar said, “The Armed forces is a creation of the law and that is why we have also worked within the ambit of the law, and we are willing to corporate with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to show we have nothing to hide.”

Responding the Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe, said: “We are glad that you had not decided to go on the streets to defend allegations sent from hundreds of thousands of kilometers away.”

According to Angwe, the commission will give the army opportunity to tell Nigerians whether some of those allegations are true or not.

Angwe also noted the army’s acceptance to meet with them is a demonstration of the fact that nobody is above the law, and that the Nigerian military had at no point in time pretended to be above the law.

 

Posted on July, 5 2015

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