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Amnesty wants Buhari government to probe terror atrocities

14 April 2015, 17:19

Abuja - Amnesty International, the global rights group, urged the incoming administration of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the atrocities committed by the Boko Haram terror group.

"With a new President recently elected, the Nigerian government must fulfill its obligation to safeguard civilians and to fully investigate crimes against humanity and war crimes committed by Boko Haram and by the Nigerian military," said Adotei Akwei, Managing Director of Government Relations at Amnesty International.

Akwei's sentiments follows the organisation commemorating a year into the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Boko Haram in Chibok in the Borno State.

In the United States, Akwei said Amnesty International and other groups were engaged in activities to make sure that neither the girls abducted from Chibok nor the hundreds of others kidnapped from other villages are forgotten.

Also read: Amnesty warns Nigeria military before major Boko Haram attacks

"We are working together to try to shape U.S. policy toward Nigeria to more effectively address human rights issues in the country," said Akwei.

The official noted that Boko Haram continued to terrorize the people of Nigeria through killings, bombings, abductions and looting.

"They have pillaged villages and attacked churches, mosques, schools and homes. They've greatly damaged health, education and other public services in northeastern Nigeria."

More than 13 000 civilians have been killed and over 1,5 million displaced because of the Boko Haram insurgency, which has spilled to neighbouring countries.

- CAJ News


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