The special board of enquiry set up to investigate alleged cases of human right abuses raised by Amnesty International against Nigerian army personnel in the cause of their operations across the country has submitted a report exonerating them of all charges.
The chief of civil military affairs, Nigerian army, Major General Nuhu Angbazo made this known yesterday while briefing newsmen on the report of the special board of enquiry in Abuja.
Major General Angbazo enumerated most charges leveled against the military to include extra-judicial killings, inhuman detention of suspected Boko Haram members, and killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) during their protests and burying their bodies in shallow graves which he said the findings of the board faulted.
“The board found that there was a joint operation of the police and the Nigerian army to contain the protests on all the places where there were protests. The board brought a statement of governors and senior officials interviewed that there were no report of any killings by the military on any of the days of the protest, and they have no information on thirteen persons allegedly buried in a shallow grave along the Aba – Port Harcourt expressway.
“The board interacted with the Anambra state governor, the commissioner of police, state director of the SSS and some residents. They testified that no one was killed this year at Onitsha Bridge head. However, the police report says that thirteen people were arrested on that day.”
Major General Angbazo noted that the special board of enquiry will now work towards creating a platform for enhanced coordination, better collaboration and cooperation among federal ministry of justice and the security institutions, and would also seek the support and collaboration of the National Human Rights Commission and other relevant human rights groups to further entrench human right in the army.
Major General Nuhu Angbazo also stated that the special board of enquiry encourages Amnesty International to continue to cover Nigerian army’s operational activities but must verify their reports before publishing them.
He also used the forum to call on the public to make contributions to the report made available by the board of enquiry for necessary action.