May 20, 2018

Army starts investigation into war crimes report

Army starts investigation into war crimes report

Army leaders initially rejected the allegations of prisoners being executed and mistreated, published earlier this month, as “biased and concocted”.

Amnesty said Nigerian troops had rounded up thousands of men and boys, some as young as nine, in Boko Haram strongholds.
The report said that many some prisoners had died due to starvation, overcrowding, torture and denial of medical care.

But international pressure has been mounting on Nigeria to examine its tactics, and soon after the report’s release, recently-elected President Muhammadu Buhari promised his office would study it and “act accordingly”. The armed forces called a press conference on Friday to say investigations had started. Read more

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