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London repeats call for probe into violations by military

12 March 2015, 20:16

The  United Kingdom has reiterated calls for investigations into alleged violation of rights of citizens by the security forces during operations to rid the country of Boko Haram.

According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a number of NGOs have alleged that serious human rights violations have been committed by the Nigerian Security Forces, including extrajudicial killings and torture. In August, Amnesty International and the Channel 4 “Dispatches” programme claimed that Nigerian military personnel and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in northern Nigeria had perpetrated extrajudicial killings. Many of these cases were linked to the Boko Haram attack on Giwa barracks in March, and the response by the Nigerian Security Forces.

Also read: Suspected Boko Haram member escapes arrest

“We continue to encourage Nigeria to respond constructively to reports of human rights violations by its security forces, and to launch credible investigations into allegations. We have been clear that if members of the military and security forces or CJTF are found to have been involved in human rights violations, they should be brought to justice,” Foreign and Commonwealth Office stated.

Meanwhile, UK maintained its opposition to the death penalty after Nigerian military courts have found 66 military personnel guilty of mutiny and sentenced them to death.

The legal process, including appeals, continues.

“We have made clear to the Nigerian authorities the UK’s opposition to the death penalty in all cases,” Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on Thursday.

- CAJ News


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