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Thursday, 4 June 2015
Boko Haram: Amnesty International Says More Than 7,000 People Died in Nigerian Army Custody
More than 7,000 men and boys have
died in Nigerian military custody during its fight against Boko Haram
over the last four years, Amnesty International says. They are
among more than 20,000 people who have been arrested during operations
against the Islamist militants, the rights group says.
The military has rejected the allegations, calling the report biased and the statistics "spurious".
At least 17,000 people have died in the conflict since 2009, says Amnesty.
That means around 40% of all deaths have been in military custody.
1.5 million people have also been displaced and hundreds more abducted
since Boko Haram launched its violent uprising to impose Islamic rule in
Nigeria correspondent Will Ross says Amnesty International and other
human rights groups have accused Nigeria's security forces of carrying
out many atrocities before.
But this report goes further as the
UK-based rights group names several senior officers - including major
generals and brigadier generals - and calls on them to be investigated
for murder, torture and enforced disappearance, he says.
response, military spokesman Maj Gen Chris Olukolade said the report
"went out to gather names of specified senior officers, in a calculated
attempt to rubbish their reputation".