Amnesty indicts Nigeria, demands probe of 950 detainees’ death

London-based global human rights group, Amnesty International, has said that hundreds of people died in detention facilities in north-east part of Nigeria, as many are clamped there consequent upon the military offensive against the Boko Haram insurgents.
The human rights body said some of the detainees died from suffocation in overcrowded cells, while others from starvation and extra-judicial killings.
Consequently, Amnesty International is seeking a thorough investigation into the alleged deaths of the detainees.
The Amnesty International, in its report released yesterday, said “credible information” from a senior Nigerian Army officer indicated that more than 950 people suspected of having links to Boko Haram died in military custody in the first six months of this year.
It also said senior Ministry of Defence officials had not responded to written details about soldiers on April 19 depositing 60 bodies at the main hospital mortuary in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, claiming they were killed in a shootout.
The body, quoting a source, said the deposited bodies were detainees taken from their cells and shot, besides other detainees that had suffocated and starved to death in horrendous conditions.
The Nigerian Army has consistently rejected these accusations of human rights abuses, even as Boko Haram continued its attacks, the latest most painful being the killing of 50 students of school of agriculture in Yobe State.

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