Lagos - A global rights group has demanded the
closure of the infamous Giwa barracks detention centre amid allegations of
human rights violations.
The the facility is holding an estimated 1 000 people
Amnesty International called on President Muhammadu Buhari
to probe the abuse, mostly of detained children , following reports 12 ,
including infants and babies, died in Giwa between January and May. They fell
prey to malnutrition and disease.
Nearly 150 adults also lost their lives at the facility
outside Maiduguri, according to reports.
In May, the organization reported more than 120 boys were being
held in a disease-infested cell at the barracks. Children under five years of
age were said to be detained in three women's cells.
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“These children are the forgotten victims of Nigeria's fight
against Boko Haram,” said Aster Van Kregten, Amnesty International's Senior
Research Advisor for Nigeria.
Government claims Giwa houses Boko Haram suspects in transit
to more established detention centres.
“But, in fact, its detainees are just as likely to be
displaced civilians caught in the army's counter-insurgency dragnet,” said
Kregten called on the global community to intervene.
“The government and international community must not forget
the children who suffer in silence in places like Giwa and the displacement
camps in Borno, surrounded by tiny graves that shame us all.”
- CAJ News