- The federal government has been commended over the trial of suspected Boko Haram terrorists by Amnesty International
- It described the ongoing trial as good progress for the justice sector
- AI has repeatedly condemned the attacks by members of Boko Haram
Amnesty International has commended the federal government over the trial of suspected Boko Haram terrorists, describing the ongoing trial as ”good progress for the justice sector”.
The commendation was contained in a letter addressed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), by Osai Ojigho, country director, Amnesty International Nigeria.
The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement on Sunday, September 2, in Abuja said that a copy of the letter was made available to his office by the AGF.
The minister said the Amnesty International Nigeria said its delegates, who were invited to observe the proceedings at the third phase of the trial at Wawa Military Cantonment, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State from July 8 to July 11, ”were treated with respect and decorum”.
”Amnesty International has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the attacks by members of Boko Haram.
“We have repeatedly urged the Nigerian government to conduct thorough and independent investigations into the alleged human rights violations and abuses.
“This is with a view to bringing suspected perpetrators to justice in a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty and this indeed is a good progress for the justice sector,” the minister quoted the global rights campaigner’s letter.
He said Amnesty International Nigeria expressed the hope that it would also be invited to observe future trials.
Commenting on the letter, Malami said it was a ”clear demonstration of the strategic role of the Federal Ministry of Justice and its commitment in adjudicating terrorism cases, implementing the Criminal Justice Act, and promoting the rule of law and human rights”.
Legit.ng had reported that the presidency said that the recent report released by the Amnesty International on the alleged human rights violation by security agencies in Nigeria was a wild goose chase.
The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said the reports and allegations by the international agency is short of evidential narration.
A statement released by Shehu on Thursday, May 24, said the report is short of credibility as AI failed to include factual leads that could have laid the foundation for investigative actions.
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