Presidency, Army Battle Amnesty International
The Presidency and the Nigerian military have described the report of Amnesty International which alleged rights abuses against troops fighting Boko Haram in North East as lacking credibility.
The Presidency said the recent report released by the rights group alleging human rights violation by Nigerian security agencies is inherently battling with credibility, falling vehemently short of evidential narration.
Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said in Abuja on Thursday that the report is short on credibility because it does not contain factual leads that could have laid the foundation for investigative actions.
He noted that findings were attributed to people but proper description of such people constituting the source of information was not provided.
“Engagement was claimed to have been made with Nigerian authorities but which authority is it, is not provided with clarity.
“This then is just a wild goose chase report, in essence.
“In some breath, the report seemed like the one in 2015, and the one in 2016, and the one after that year, the same things being recycled again and again.
“It ignores the fact of the existing mechanisms put in place by the military, as a self-correcting step and the high-level committee constituted by the Presidency to examine any such claims,’’ he further noted.
Shehu observed that over this period of time, the Nigerian military had indeed established cases of abuse and punishments meted out from Orderly Room trials and Court Martials that resulted in losses of rank, dismissals, and trials and convictions by civil courts.
The military had alerted of plans by the rights body to publish a false report on the military activities in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in North East.