Amnesty International Insists On Playing No Role In Military Investigations

Amnesty InternationalAmnesty International has responded to the Nigerian military’s claim that it refused to honour its invitation to join the investigative panel on  allegations of human rights abuse in the North East.

Nigeria Researcher, Amnesty International, Daniel Eyre, was live on Channels Television on Friday afternoon and he made it clear that Amnesty International does not want to be part of that investigative panel.

The Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Adamu Abubakar, had earlier explained that the essence of inviting Amnesty International officials to join its investigative panel was to guarantee fairness and justice while proving that the military has nothing to hide.

Mr Eyre, however, stated; “What we called for in our report is an independent, impartial and comprehensive investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in North-East Nigeria by Boko Haram as well as by the military.

“We’ve received a very positive response from the President of Nigeria. He said that it would be one of the first things on the agenda of the Attorney-General when he is appointed and also that he would leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of human rights violations. So, we are waiting for those investigations.

“In terms of the military’s own, Amnesty International has done its work, we’ve spoken to more than 400 witnesses, victims, human rights defenders, local government officials.

“We’ve done our research and made that evidence public. We’ve submitted it to the Nigerian military before hand. Its now for them and for the Nigerian Government to investigate these allegations,” he said.

On the validity of the Nigerian military’s invitation, the AI official maintained the stand that the international organisation had done its part of the job. He recalled previous attempts made by them to draw attention to the alleged atrocities by Nigerian soldiers.

“We’ve laid it out clearly for the military. Its now for them and the military to investigate and to hold people accountable for these actions.”

While stating that Amnesty International sees no need to be part of the investigations by the military having done its due diligence, he added that their expectations are that “people should be investigated and if there is sufficient evidence against them, they should be tried in fair trials without use of the death penalty.”

 

Nigerian Army Accuses Amnesty International of Shunning Investigation

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army says international human rights group, Amnesty International (AI), has failed to honour its invitation to join its investigative panel on the alleged human rights abuse in the North East.

Reacting to a report by the international human rights group on June 3, the Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Major-General Adamu Abubakar, explained that the essence of inviting Amnesty International officials to join its investigative panel was to guarantee fairness and justice while proving that the military has nothing to hide.

Even though the military had reacted in various press statements, it has found time to detail its activities following the release of the report.

Major-General Adamu Abubakar denied claims that the military did not cooperate with the rights group in the process of its investigation.

The military, according to him, has zero tolerance for human rights abuses and other war crimes, promising to investigate thoroughly the investigation by the human rights group.

He, however, said that the report from their investigation may take a while to be concluded since withdrawing troops from the front-line for investigation may dampen and affect the war against insurgency in the area.

On June 3, the international human rights group released a report titled ‘Stars On Their Shoulders, Blood On Their Hands’.

The group called for the investigation and prosecution of senior military officers on the grounds that the military has committed crimes against humanity in its fight against terrorism.

Independent Investigation

Meanwhile, Amnesty International has responded to the Nigerian military’s claim that it refused to honour its invitation to join the investigative panel on  allegations of human rights abuse in the North East.

Nigeria Researcher, Amnesty International, Daniel Eyre, was live on Channels Television on Friday afternoon and he made it clear that Amnesty International does not want to be part of that investigative panel.

Mr Eyre stated; “What we called for in our report is an independent, impartial and comprehensive investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity in North-East Nigeria by Boko Haram as well as by the military.

“We’ve done our research and made that evidence public. We’ve submitted it to the Nigerian military before hand. Its now for them and for the Nigerian Government to investigate these allegations,” he said.

While stating that Amnesty International sees no need to be part of the investigations by the military having done its due diligence, he added that their expectations are that “people should be investigated and if there is sufficient evidence against them, they should be tried in fair trials without use of the death penalty.”

2015 AYC Qualifier: Flying Eagles Name 25-man Squad For Lesotho Clash

flying eaglesNigeria’s Under-20 national football team coach, Manu Garba, has named a 25-man squad for a final 2015 African Youth Championship qualifier against Lesotho later this month.

Skipper, Musa Muhammed of Besiktas in Turkey, and Taiwo Awoniyi of Kalmar FF, Sweden, are the only overseas-based players, as the Flying Eagles would be without several of their foreign-based stars as a result of club commitments.

The Flying Eagles play Lesotho on August 16 in Kaduna for a place in the final of the 2015 AYC in Senegal in March.

The full squad:

Goalkeepers
Joshua Enaholo, Adamu Abubakar, Olorunleke Ojo, Etua Ossai Kingdom
Defenders
Musa Muhammed, Ifeanyi Nweke, Mustapha Abdullahi, Zaharadden Bello, Prince Izu Omego, Adebayor Ademuluwa, Wilfred Ndidi, Sirajo Mazadu
Midfielders
Bernard Bulbwa, Ifeanyi Matthew, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Chizom Eze, Akinjide Idowu, Clement Ogbobe, Abdullahi Alfa, Obinna Nwobodo
Strikers
Taiwo Awoniyi, Sulaiman Abdullahi, Alhassan Ibrahim, Abubakar Lawal, Wasiu Jimoh.