- The Amnesty International insisted that there were human rights abuses in the handling of the Biafra agitations and protests
- AI, an international agency, also accused the panel set up by the military as not independent and impartial as demanded
The Amnesty International (AI) is asking the Nigerian government to investigate the nine military commanders it indicted in a report some time ago relating to human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Thisday reports that the AI was responding to the summary of the report by the Nigerian military panel investigating the allegations of human rights violations against supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In the report, the director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said in a statement that the military panel set up to investigate the allegations was not independent and impartial.
AI, however, welcomed the panel’s recommendation that there should be a presidential commission of inquiry into the allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the north-east.
Isa Sanusi, the media manager of Amnesty International, quoted Ojigho as saying it was urgent for the administration of Muhammadu Buhari conduct an independent investigation into the allegations as promised.
“We stand by the findings of our research and our call for an investigation that is independent, impartial and thorough; criteria that this panel clearly does not meet.
“We maintain that the nine senior commanders named in our report should be the subject of an effective and independent investigation.
“To this end we welcome the panel’s recommendation that there should be a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into these allegations of horrific war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in north east Nigeria.
“President Buhari promised an independent investigation into our allegations of human rights violations and crimes under international law two years ago.
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“This is a vital step and must be implemented as a matter of urgency by the government. Amnesty International’s priority is justice, human rights and the dignity of human life in Nigeria.
“We maintain that those suspected of committing human rights violations and crimes under international law on all sides of the conflict must be brought to justice in fair trials before civilian courts without recourse to the death penalty.
“We also urge the military to make the whole of this report public,” Ojigho said.
NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Army on Wednesday, June 14, made public the findings of a Special Board it set up to investigate alleged human rights abuse levelled against its personnel by Amnesty International (AI).
The findings were presented by Major General Nuhu Angbazo, the Chief of Military/Civil Affairs at a news conference in Abuja.
The nine-man board headed by Retired Major General A.T Jibril was inaugurated by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, a lieutenant general on March 8.
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