Amnesty Report On Giwa Barracks Detention Facility Defective – DHQ

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Rabe AbubakarThe Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday described the recent Amnesty International report describing the Giwa Barracks detention centre in Maiduguri, Borno State as a “place of death” as unfounded.
In a damning report on the Nigerian military’s treatment of suspects, especially those in connection with terrorism in the Northeast, Amnesty said that at least 149 detainees have died “in horrendous conditions” among them 11 young children, including four babies.
The international human rights watchdog, which said many detainees may have died from disease, hunger, dehydration and gunshot wounds, called for the closure of the detention centre.
Reacting to the report, the Defence spokesman, Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar, in a statement yesterday said: “The accusation comes as a surprise and shock because the organisation has accessed the facilities and made recommendations which were implemented”.
He said it was unfortunate that an organization of high repute such as Amnesty International could release a report which is completely baseless, unfounded and source-less with the intent of denting the image of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The Defence spokesman, however, said the armed forces remained committed to the task started against the Boko Haram militants until they are annihilated and urged well-meaning Nigerians and the international community to discountenance the report as it has no iota of truth.
“This one sided report is defective in all intent and purpose and does not portray the sincerity of Amnesty International as well as reflecting the true situation in Giwa Barracks now”, Abubakar said.

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