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NGO demands probe into "secret burial" of soldiers

30 November 2015, 13:33Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - A human rights group has demanded a probe into reports of a secret burial of more than 100 soldiers reportedly killed during an ambush by the Boko Haram terrorists.

The soldiers were reportedly killed in Borno State and the military authorities are said to have organised the burial.

“These allegations if proven could mean that those responsible for this show of shame should be prosecuted for perjury since the military chiefs swore to an oath of office to be truthful and bear true allegiance to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the Human Rights Writers of Nigeria (HURIWA) said.

HURIWA said the Federal Government must “come clean” on the allegations.

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“Nigeria should erect a national monuments whereby the names of all the soldiers and innocent Nigerians slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in the last three years of vicious circles of deadly terrorism are inscribed and a day of national honour set aside as a national memorial for these gallant and very courageous Nigerians who have suffered and paid the ultimate prize for our fatherland.”

HURIWA suggested prosecution of some individuals if the reports were true.

“If indeed 105 soldiers were killed and secretly buried then those officials who made this decision must be prosecuted for duping Nigerians and for concealing vital information from the good people of Nigeria who are the real owners of our sovereignty.”

The armed forces have over years battled the Boko Haram insurgents in the Northeast, at times suffering casualties. 

- CAJ News


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