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Amnesty orders closure of notorious Giwa Barracks

18 October 2016, 20:39

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 incommunicado.

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.

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


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