Defense Headquarters, DHQ, said the recent Amnesty International report was replete with inconsistency.

 

Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, who said this in a statement, noted that “the attention of the Nigerian Military has been drawn to the recent report released by Amnesty International, AI, in its chapter 3 as “Nigerian Military Crimes’.

 

“In as much as the Nigerian Military do not wish to join issues, it is imperative to clarify the air. In the first place, the so-called research does not meet the universal academic or global best practice criteria, of having the justifiable percentage of sample in the population, claimed to have been investigated and thus may not be credible.

 

“For the entire so-called research, the question is, to whom is the loyalty of the respondents selected by AI; Boko Haram or peace-loving Borno citizens?

 

However, it is desirable in the interest of the general public to bring out some contradictions in the report that tends to criminalize the Nigerian Military which is not true.

 

“AI stated that ‘In recent years, soldiers and CJTF members involved in ‘screening’ have sent fewer older people, among other groups to detention. This report also states that “Conditions have improved in recent years, especially as the Red Cross received more access to some military detention facilities, including GIWA.

 

“Furthermore, the report stated that, ‘In recent years, soldiers have increasingly refrained from detaining older people fleeing Boko Haram controlled areas”.

 

Enenche added that on page 34 of the report, it said it interviewed only a few older people who had fled Boko Haram areas in 2020.

 


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