Defence Headquarters reacts to Amnesty International report

Defence Headquarters reacts to Amnesty International report

- DHQ has reacted to a recent report published by Amnesty International on victims of Boko Haram attacks

- The military described the report as a desperate attempt targeted at blackmailing the Armed Force

- Recall that AI in its report alleged that old men and women are being killed by the military in northeast Nigeria

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The Nigerian military on Wednesday, December 9, replied Amnesty International over a report claiming that old people are being killed by the Armed Forces when they raid Boko Haram controlled villages.

The Defence Headquarters accused the international organisation of blackmailing the Nigerian military, noting its recent report does not meet the universal academic criteria and may not be credible. recalls that AI revealed the extent to which insurgency in the northeast region has affected the lives of older people.

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According to the organisation, many of these old people have met difficult fate as they are mostly killed due to their inability to run when terrorists attack them.

Defence Headquarters reacts to Amnesty International report
Defence Headquarters tackles Amnesty International over its report. Photo credit: @DefenceInfoNG
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However, in reaction to the publication, Major General John Enenche, coordinator Defence Media Operations (DMO) said there were contractions in the report.

Enenche in a statement publsihed on the social media handles of the force said the research did not have the justifiable percentage of sample in the population claimed to have been investigated.

The spokesman went on to cite instances of contradictions in the report which he stated isn't true and tends to criminalize the Nigerian military.

Speaking further, Enenche said the report is a deliberate attempt to discredit the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency and terrorism which should be resisted.

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Meanwhile, reported that Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd), Nigeria's defence minister, has said that the country is having challenges in successfully defeating the Boko Haram insurgents due to lack of access to the required sophisticated modern weapons.

Magashi stated this while commissioning the new office complex of the Defence Research and Intelligence Bureau in Abuja.

He added that the development is also affecting the conduct of other military operations nationwide.

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