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Army: Amnesty's human rights violation allegation by Nigerian troops under probe

Abuja, Nigeria - The Nigerian military Friday said it will investigate allegations of human rights abuses, levelled by Amnesty International against its troops fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.

Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said in a statement in Abuja that the investigations are imperative in order to find out if any human rights violations were perpetrated as alleged and to take necessary action to address any case of human right breach on the part of the troops.

Amnesty International had accused both the Nigerian security forces and the Boko Haram terrorists of violating the human rights of Nigerians, an allegation described by the Defence spokesman as “quite confounding”.

He noted that “the report is not consistent with the actual situation on the ground.”

Gen. Olukolade assured Nigerians that “while carrying out the mandate of ridding the country of any vestige of terrorism, necessary efforts will continue to be made to respect the fundamental rights of all citizens.” 

Pana 06/04/2014