- The Amnesty International's allegation of human rights violation by security agencies has been described as a wild goose chase by the presidency
- Garba Shehu said the report lacked any form of evidential narration
- According to Shehu, AI failed to include factual leads that could have laid the foundation for investigative actions
The presidency has said that the recent report released by the Amnesty International on the alleged human rights violation by security agencies in Nigeria is a wild goose chase.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the reports and allegations by the international agency is short of evidential narration.
A statement released by Shehu on Thursday, May 24, said the report is short of credibility as AI failed to include factual leads that could have laid the foundation for investigative actions.
Shehu said: "Engagement was claimed to have been made with Nigerian authorities but which authority is it, is not provided with clarity. This then is just a wild goose chase report, in essence.
“In some breath, the report seemed like the one in 2015, and the one in 2016, and the one after that year, the same things being recycled again and again.
"It ignores the fact of the existing mechanisms put in place by the military, as a self-correcting step and the high-level committee constituted by the Presidency to examine any such claims,’’ Shehu said.
He noted that the Nigerian military and other security agencies across the country have established cases of abuse and punishments meted out from orderly room trials and court martials that resulted in losses of rank, dismissals, and trials and convictions by civil courts.
Shehu said the present administration is committed to the principles of human rights, as well as promotion and protection of people’s freedom, even in the process of fighting terror.
"We commit to ensure that all documented cases of human rights abuses are investigated, and those responsible for violation held responsible," Shehu added.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Army said it had earlier received credible information that AI is set to publish a false report against it.
The army said AI is expected to apply the natural law of liaison by working with security agencies as partners.
It also said such move 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.
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