Amnesty International to Buhari: ‘Probe human rights abuse in North East’

Amnesty International has urged Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, to independently investigate allegations of human right abuses by the Nigeria military.

The call from AI came shortly after President Buhari addressed the European union parliament.

A statement urging Nigeria to investigate the allegations of human right infringements and war crimes, was released on Wednesday, by the human right organisation’s UK Director, Kate Allen.

“This is no time for a diplomatic tap-dance around the issues of mass unlawful killings, arbitrary arrest and deaths in detention,” the statement partially read.

AI has, over the years, documented evidence of human right abuses in Nigeria and has previously stated that between 2014 – 2015, more than 8,200 civilians lost their lives in the Boko Haram insurgency.

The organisation, in 2012, stated that Nigerian armed forces extra-judiciously killed 1,200 men and boys while about 7,000 people have died in military detention.

Amnesty International also maintained that any military assistance Nigeria receives from the UK Government must be in agreement with international human right standards and such assistance should not be provided to security unit that have been accused of violating of international law and human rights.

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