The Nigerian Army has admitted that some military detention facilities in the country are overcrowded and some detainees have died in the cells.
The army’s Special Board of Inquiry inaugurated to investigate allegations of human rights’ violations by soldiers and officers, made this submission in a report obtained by our correspondent.
According to the report, for example, at the Giwa Barracks Detention Facility in Maiduguri, Borno State, 3,824 detainees were in 13 cells as of the time of visit of the army panel.
The report was signed by Maj Gen Nuhu Angbazo, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai.
Buratai inaugurated the panel in March 2017.
The report recommended that there was the need to properly document all the Boko Haram suspects in detention, as well as enlarge their detention facilities.
The report said, “At the Giwa Barracks Detention Facility, the Amnesty International made allegations of torture, extra-judicial killings in this facility.”