Posted by News Express | 5 June 2018 | 1,654 times
Mr Tony Ojukwu, the Executive Secretary of the National Human Right Commission (NHRC), has described the Amnesty International’s allegation against the Nigerian Military as “Vague and lacks credibility”.
It will be recalled that the AI had in its latest recalled that the AI in its latest report alleged that the Nigerian soldiers raped thousands of women and girls who escaped from Boko Haram insurgents.
The AI also alleged that soldiers fighting Boko Haram had killed many people who refused to be moved from territories rescued from the insurgents.
But Ojukwu denied this claim in Adamawa while reacted while filling question during a two-day workshop to Improve the capacity of the Military and Paramilitary personnel in identifying protection of civil populace in counter insurgency operations.
He said such allegation of human rights violation by the military was a heavy indictment that should be taken seriously if it was substantiated with facts or data to show that such violations.
He challenged the AI to always verify its claims before making such indictment that was capable of causing, havoc and apprehension among people.
“The allegation by Amnesty International is vague and lacks credibility. This is because it will be difficult to investigate all these claims considering the large number of military personnel deployed to different formations and locations in the northeast.
“You cannot send the country into a wide geese chase to find out who sexual assaults anybody if there is no facts to back up your claims,” said Ojukwu.
He added that the training would exposed participants on the legal framework for International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Principles. It will enhance the capacity of the officers on how to protect the rights of civilians when caught up in armed conflict. (PRNigeria)
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