Photos showing Nigeria troops burying Boko Haram suspects alive . Ministry of Defence investigating

FOLLOWING the report and video released by the amnesty
international on the gross human right abuses in the
Nigerian Military, the defence headquarters (DHQ) had
constituted a forensic team to study the video footage and
the allegations leveled on the military.
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Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris
Olukolade, made this known in Abuja while reacting to the
video released by the amnesty international.

Olukolade, while reacting to the video, said “for the
records, we must unequivocally state that Nigerian military
takes the issue of human rights seriously and will never
condone any proven case of abuse of its personnel.
“The military authorities are deeply concerned about the
video being circulated, which unfortunately has also
become reference data for amnesty international in its
report.”
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Olukolade also said that the defence headquarters
considered the allegation too grievous to be associated
with the Nigerian troops, considering the doctrinal and
operational contents of the training imparted on them on
continuous basis.

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It is on this note that the defence spokesperson said
“consequently, the defence headquaters, in addition to the
already existing Joint Investigation Team (JIT), has
constituted a team of senior officers of legal cum forensic
experts to study the video footage and the resultant
allegations of infractions in order to ascertain the veracity
of the claims with a view to identifying those behind such
acts.”

He further clarified that “notwithstanding the cases of
impersonation that have pervaded the counter- terrorism
operations in Nigeria and many other related issues which
cast doubts on the claims made in the video, the DHQ
views those grave allegations very seriously.
“Moreso, it borders on the integrity of the ongoing counter-
terrorism operation, which must be sustained in the interest
of our national survival.

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“This will further determine and stimulate necessary legal
action against any personnel or anyone found culpable in
accordance with the provisions of the law.”

Speaking on those in military detention, Olukolade
maintained that based on the earlier allegation by amnesty
body, the authorities had released some suspects and
forwarded names of those to face prosecution to the
Ministry of Justice, in line with the recommendation of JIT.
According to him, “the JIT has also regularly forwarded
names of those suspects, who are culpable to the Ministry
of Justice for prosecution.

“An additional list is currently being compiled to facilitate
the decongestion of detention facilities.
“These attempts at protecting the rights of detained terror
suspects categorically point to the fact that as a
professional institution with thorough-bred officers and
men, the Nigeria military cannot be party to such degree of
savagery, as portrayed in the video footage available to
Amnesty International.”

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Meanwhile, Amnesty International says footage obtained
from multiple sources on a trip to Borno State, in the north,
“includes horrific images of detainees having their throats
slit one by one and dumped in mass graves.”

The perpetrators “appear to be members of the Nigerian
military and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), state-
sponsored militias,” the organisation added.