The Nigerian military has assured the international communitity of its respect for human rights.
Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, gave the assurance during a meeting with a team frommembers of the US Department of Defence.
As part of activities of the Nigerian delegation to the just concluded United Nations General Assembly, Dan-Ali told the US team led by Amanda Doyle, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Africa, that the country ‘s armed forces is taking measures to improve its human rights records.
According to Premium Times, the Minister disclosed to the American team that “the Nigerian Armed Forces is partnering with Human Rights Commission to address the allegations of human right violations against its troops.”
The Nigerian military has been criticised especially by non-governmental organisation Amnesty International for the way it has operated against Boko Haram terrorists in the north-east, and the massacre of hundreds of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria in Zaria last December.
The human rights watchdog released a report June 2015, accusing the Nigerian military of committing war crimes during its operations against Boko Haram.
The report titled ‘Stars on their shoulder. Blood on their hands’, alleged that the Nigerian military committed countless acts of torture, extra-judicially executed more than 1,200 people, and arbitrarily arrested at least 20,000 people, which included mostly young men and boys.
The report also said many Nigerians had become victims of enforced disappearance and at least 7,000 people died in military detention.
The Nigerian Defence Headquarters, however, dismissed the report as “biased”.