Amnesty International (AI), a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights worldwide, has released its latest report on the atrocities carried out by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, as well as human rights violations perpetrated by Nigerian security forces in response. The report titled, ‘Nigeria: Trapped in the cycle of violence’, was presented to the media, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to the Secretary-General of AI, Salil Shetty, who presented the report, the brutal actions of Nigeria’s security forces in response to Boko Haram’s campaign of terror were making an already desperate situation even worse.
Shetty told reporters, “The cycle of attack and counter-attack has been marked by unlawful violence on both sides, with devastating consequences for human rights of those trapped in the middle… People are living in a climate of fear and insecurity, vulnerable to attack from Boko Haram and facing human rights violations at the hands of the very state security forces which should be protecting them.” He then added that, “Every injustice carried out in the name of security only fuels more terrorism, creating a vicious circle of murder and destruction.”
The report decried lengthy detentions without charge or trial; without proper notification of family members, without being brought before any judicial authority, and without access to lawyers or the outside world. Adding, “A significant number have been extra-judicially executed.” Meanwhile, in reaction to the report, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, CSP Frank Mba, dismissed the report, describing it as lacking credibility.