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Response to Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations

Responding to the summary of the report by a the Nigerian military panel investigating allegations of human rights violations, Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty International Nigeria said: “We stand by the findings of our research and our call for an investigation that is independent, impartial and thorough; criteria that this panel clearly does not meet. We maintain that the nine senior commanders named in our report should be the subject of an effective and independent investigation.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • News
  • Nigeria
  • War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity

Nigeria: 1000 days since Chibok girls abduction, government must redouble efforts to secure freedom of all abductees

One thousand days after the chilling abduction of 276 school girls in Chibok, the Nigerian government must redouble its efforts to ensure the release of the girls, and all other victims of mass abduction, said Amnesty International. The organization is calling on Boko Haram to put an end to the girls’ suffering and immediately release them and all other civilians they are currently holding. “This terrible anniversary is a chilling reminder not just of the tragic disappearance of the Chibok school girls, but also all other individuals – many of whom are also children – who remain captive in Boko Haram’s hideouts across the country.

Date:
8 January 2017
  • News
  • Nigeria
  • Unlawful Killings

Nigeria: At least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in chilling crackdown

The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country, according to an investigation by Amnesty International published today. Analysis of 87 videos, 122 photographs and 146 eye witness testimonies relating to demonstrations and other gatherings between August 2015 and August 2016 consistently shows that the military fired live ammunition with little or no warning to disperse crowds.

Date:
24 November 2016
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Nigeria: ‘Bullets were raining everywhere’: Deadly repression of pro-Biafra activists

Since August 2015, the security forces have killed at least 150 members and supporters of the pro-Biafran organization IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra) and injured hundreds during non-violent meetings, marches and other gatherings. This report focuses on the crisis brewing in the southeast of Nigeria, where IPOB campaigns for an independent state of Biafra. It documents extrajudicial executions and the use of excessive force by military, police and other security agencies.

Date:
24 November 2016
Ref:
AFR 44/5211/2016
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  • Nigeria
  • Unlawful Killings

Nigeria: Human rights violations by the military continue in the absence of accountability for crimes under international law: Written statement to the 32nd session of the UN Human Rights Council

President Buhari came to office in May 2015 promising to defeat the armed group Boko Haram and end human rights violations by the military. While Boko Haram appears less able to kill and abduct civilians than it was a year ago, little progress has been made to end violations by Nigerian armed forces or provide accountability for crimes under international law.

Date:
6 June 2016
Ref:
AFR 44/4203/2016
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Nigeria: ‘If you see it, you will cry’ Life and death in Giwa barracks

Since January 2016 at least 149 people, including eleven children under the age of six, have died following their detention in horrendous conditions at Giwa barracks military detention centre, Maiduguri. Their bodies were deposited at a mortuary in Maiduguri and then buried in the city’s cemetery. This represents a significant increase in the rate of deaths in the barracks compared with the second half of 2015.

Date:
11 May 2016
Ref:
AFR 44/3998/2016
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Unlawful Killings

Nigeria: Unearthing the truth: Unlawful killings and mass cover-up in Zaria

On the afternoon of 12 December 2015, soldiers opened fire on protesters blocking a road in the Nigerian city of Zaria. Over the following two days, more than 350 protesters and supporters of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria were killed at two sites in Zaria. Amnesty International has investigated the events of 12-14 December 2015 and visited the sites of the killings and an alleged mass grave. The findings of these investigations are presented in this report, along with recommendations to the Nigerian government and the international community.

Date:
22 April 2016
Ref:
AFR 01/3883/2016
  • News
  • Africa
  • Unlawful Killings

Nigeria: Reinstatement of army general implicated in mass murder makes mockery of commitments to end war crimes

The reinstatement of a senior Nigerian military general implicated in the mass murder of hundreds of detainees underlines the monumental failure of the government to stamp out impunity for war crimes at the highest level, said Amnesty International. Last June, Amnesty International named Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, along with eight other senior commanders, calling for an investigation into their possible criminal responsibility for war crimes including the deaths of more than 8,000 of detainees.

Date:
1 February 2016
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  • Nigeria
  • Armed Conflict

Nigeria: Satellite images show horrific scale of Boko Haram attack on Baga

Satellite images released by Amnesty International today provide indisputable and shocking evidence of the scale of last week’s attack on the towns of Baga and Doron Baga by Boko Haram militants.     Before and after images of two neighbouring towns, Baga (160 kilometres from Maiduguri) and Doron Baga (also known as Doro Gowon, 2. 5 km from Baga), taken on 2 and 7 January show the devastating effect of the attacks which left over 3,700 structures damaged or completely destroyed.

Date:
15 January 2015
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  • Nigeria
  • Armed Conflict

Q&A: Nigeria’s military implicated in war crimes

What is Amnesty International alleging? Amnesty International has gathered gruesome video footage, images and testimonies, including eyewitness accounts, which provide compelling fresh evidence of war crimes by the Nigerian military and by the Boko Haram armed group. In addition to the pattern of extrajudicial executions, there is also evidence that the military campaign against Boko Haram and other armed groups has included other serious human rights violations including mass arbitrary arrests and torture.

Date:
5 August 2014
  • Research
  • Nigeria
  • Armed Conflict

Nigeria: More than 1,500 killed in armed conflict in North-Eastern Nigeria in early 2014

Since the start of 2014, more than 1,500 people have been killed in north-eastern Nigeria. People are living in a climate of fear and insecurity, vulnerable to attack from Islamist armed group Boko Haram on the one hand and facing human rights violations at the hands of the very state security forces which should be protecting them. In light of this context, the ongoing intensity of the confrontation and the organisation of the clashing actors, Amnesty International considers the situation to be a non-international armed conflict.

Date:
31 March 2014
Ref:
AFR 44/004/2014
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  • Nigeria
  • Armed Conflict

Nigeria: War crimes and crimes against humanity as violence escalates in north-east

An increase in attacks by Boko Haram and uncontrolled reprisals by Nigeria’s security forces has seen the death toll in North East Nigeria rise to at least 1,500 people, more than half of whom are civilians, in the first three months of 2014, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today.   “The escalation of violence in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014 has developed into a situation of non-international armed conflict in which all parties are violating international humanitarian law.

Date:
31 March 2014