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Army denies right's group's claims on Giwa deaths

11 May 2016, 20:29

Abuja - The Nigerian Army has dismissed reports by a human rights group suggesting the death of 149 people, including minors, at the Giwa barracks detention centre in Maiduguri.

Amnesty International made the allegations.

Responding to an enquiry by this publication, Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, disputed the allegations.

“The allegations are far from the truth and Amnesty International knows this,” Usman said.

Also read: Army denies deadly divisions at Enugu barracks

According to the report by Amnesty International at least 149 people died at the military detention facility in the terror-prone Borno State.

Amnesty said this represented a significant increase in the rate of deaths in the barracks compared with the second half of 2015.

Among the dead were said to be at least 12 children and babies, including two girls of approximately two years and five years old.

Amnesty added urgent action was needed to end the death of detainees in Giwa barracks.

- CAJ News


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