Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Nigerian Military reacts to yet-to-be-released Amnesty Intl’s report


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Nigerian Military has reacted to yet-to-be-released Amnesty International’s report on rape incidents in IDP camps in the North East region of the country.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the yet-to-be-released report purportedly indicts Nigerian troops and Civilian JTF of routinely detaining, raping, starving and killing women as well as minors in the North-eastern part of the country

But, the military, in a statement by the Acting Director Defence Information, John Agim, described the report as false and fictitious.

According to Mr Agim, the malicious trend by the global watchdog is becoming a frequent ritual and it is rather unfortunate.

“In times like this, Amnesty International is expected to apply the natural law of liaison by working with security agencies as partners.

“This would have been the best way to ensure that insurgency and crisis is completely wiped off rather than engaging in falsehood, maligning the military and painting her in bad light at any slight opportunity, Mr Agim explained.

The brigadier-general added that, “the AI should kindly note that we are not in any way implying that AI should not do their job, but such must be done with a level of integrity and credibility by seeking clarification when the need arises.

“The Nigerian Military wishes to use this medium to reiterate her commitment to the citizens of our dear nation, that it will abide by all Human Rights Regulations as entered into by Nigeria and also go the extra mile in ensuring that the territorial integrity of our nation is well protected,” he said.

However, Mr Agim added that the Nigerian Military admonished the global watchdog to desist from cooking up reports to demoralize the entire military system and the nation as a whole.

He added that the troops are sacrificing their lives in the fight against Boko Haram and other enemies of the country.

“These false reports which are capable of derailing the good work being done by our patriotic and selfless soldiers must stop.

“This way a lot will be achieved as both will form partners in the fight against extremism and other vices,” the spokesman said.

The Defence Headquarters, therefore, urged all law-abiding citizens to continue to trust and support the military in the on-going war against Boko Haram and go about their normal lawful business.

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