Threats From Nigerian Military Won’t Deter Us From Defending Human Rights – AI
Amnesty International, AI, has said that despite what it describes as threats from Nigerian military, that it would not be deterred from defending human rights of individual in Nigeria.
Amnesty International In a statement by its Director in Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, said “the Nigerian military is increasingly resorting to threats, intimidation and smears to discredit Amnesty International’s work documenting the human rights violations it has committed.”
Both organisations crossed path when the Army criticised the reports of the Amnesty International published the plights of internally displaced persons in Nigeria, detailing their horrid conditions as women and young girls are either raped or forced to exchange their bodies for food. It further alleged young men were tortured and husband’s were forcibly removed from their families.
The fracas between Amnesty International and the Nigeria Army took a dangerous path when a group of demonstrators besieged the head office of Amnesty International in a protest over a yet to be published document purporting to detail more abuses by Nigeria army. The demonstrators alleged the international organisation is bent on disuniting the country, causing strife and unrest. However, many were of the view that the protests were stage-managed and lacked authenticity.
Few days after the protests, several Nigerian News Outlets and Media published firsthand accounts of people in the makeshift camps narrating their ordeal and alleged abuses that confirmed Amnesty International report.