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Military: We are investigating throat slitting footage

05 August 2014, 08:15Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The military has put together a team of senior officers and legal forensic experts to investigate the Amnesty International allegations of human rights abuse by the Nigerian army.

Footage obtained by Amnesty International appears to show Nigerian soldiers slitting the throats of Boko Haram suspects and dumping their bodies in a mass grave.

Also read: Video of troops slitting Boko Haram suspects throats revealed

“The Nigerian military takes the issue of human rights seriously and will never condone any proven case of abuse by its personnel," read a statement.

The statement said military authorities were deeply concerned about the set of video footage being circulated and which unfortunately has also become reference data for Amnesty International in its report.

Also read: What will you do if Boko Haram Hoisted Their Flag Over Your Village?

"Much as the scenes depicted in these videos are alien to our operations and doctrines, it has to be investigated to ensure that such practices have not crept into the system.

The Defense Headquarters considers these allegations too grievous to be associated with Nigerian troops."

“Indeed, that level of barbarism and impunity has no place in the Nigerian military.  Respect for the sanctity of life is always boldly emphasized in our doctrinal trainings."

- CAJ News


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