Army releases statement on allegations of war crimes in Borno State

Nigerian army

Acting Director Defence Information, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, has debunked recent reports by Amnesty International that said some civilians, including women and children, died in a detention cell at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Borno State.

In a press statement made available to the media on Thursday, Abubakar said the accusation came as a surprise and shock because the organisation has assessed the facilities and made recommendations that were implemented.

He described the report as rather unfortunate coming from an organization of higher repute as Amnesty International because the report was “completely baseless, unfounded and source-less with the intent of denting the image of the Nigerian armed forces.”

“The Nigerian armed forces uphold the tenets of observance of human rights and dignity of lives of innocent individuals as enshrined in the Conventions and Charters of the United Nation, which Nigeria is a signatory,” he said.

In his statement, Abubakar said that the one-sided report was defective and does not portray the sincerity of Amnesty International nor does it reflect the true situation in Giwa Barracks now.

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