The Nigerian army has accused Amnesty International of supporting Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria, the army who dismissed Amnesty International report indicting her of burning two communities in Borno state and forcefully taken over 400 residents to Internally Displace Persons, said the report is a fabricated false targeting at blackmailing the army and providing support for Boko Haram insurgents.
In a statement on Friday, Mr. Onyema Nwachukwu, a Brig. General and Director Defence Information said, the Amnesty International report efforts are aimed at disparaging the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
“The Defence Headquarters wishes to state unambiguously that the allegations being touted by Amnesty are nothing but a betrayal of its lack of in-depth knowledge of the goings-on in the North East (NE) theatre of operation,” Nwachukwu said.
Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian military of setting two communities on fire while forcing over 400 residents to Internally Displace Camp (IDP).
The human rights organization said, its local sources revealed that the military carried out the human rights violation at about 3:00 pm on the 3rd day of January.
The locals recounted how the soldiers forced them out of their homes and set their houses on fire.
They narrated how the soldiers forced them into trucks and took them to an IDP camp close to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.
As we were forcefully loaded into the trucks, some of the soldiers returned to Bukarti and set our houses on fire, a resident said.
“We saw our houses go into flames,” and we all started crying, a 70-year-old woman said.
The soldiers used trucks and forcefully took over 400 Bukarti and Matiri residents, women, men, and children to IDP camp located close to Maiduguri.
The soldiers continued the violation the following day, the 4th day of January. They went to Ngariri, a community close Bukarti, assembled the old men and women, forced them into a truck, took them to IDP camp.
After forcefully taken Ngariri residents to IDP camp close to Maiduguri, the soldiers came back and set their houses ablaze, three community residents, told Amnesty International.
Residents, who escaped from the IPD camp back to their community, told Amnesty International, soldiers destroyed everything.
Residents recounted how they lost their homes, jewelry, clothes, and, other valuables to the action of the soldiers who burnt their homes.
“Everything we harvested was destroyed, and some of our animals died,” a 60-year-old farmer said. “I had a year of harvest stored – it’s what I would have sold to buy clothes and other things for my family.”
“Everything was burned, even our food – it could feed my family for two years,” said another 30-year-old farmer.
“Our clothes, our food, our crops, our kettles. Even the trolley we used for getting water. Only the metal dishes are there, but everything else is burned.”