Amnesty International has accused the Nigerian Army of burning villages and detaining innocent villagers in the North East as part of alleged unlawful tactics in its purported fight against terrorism in the zone.
AI in a report released on Friday accused the army of human right abuse against innocent villagers in the trouble zone.
It alleged that the Nigerian military burnt three villages and detained six men from the displaced villages at Maimalari military barracks in Maiduguri for about a month after which they were freed without any charge.
The Director of Amnesty International Nigeria, Osai Ojigho, however called on the Nigerian government to investigate the alleged infractions as possible war crimes and prosecution of the perpetrators.
“These brazen acts of razing entire villages, deliberately destroying civilian homes and forcibly displacing their inhabitants with no imperative military grounds, should be investigated as possible war crimes.
“They repeat a longstanding pattern of the Nigerian military’s brutal tactics against the civilian population. Forces allegedly responsible for such violations must be suspended immediately and brought to justice,” Ojigho said.
AI’s report noted that soldiers forced residents of Bukarti, Ngariri and Matiri villages near Maiduguri-Damaturu road to board large trucks and burnt their villages on Friday, January 3, 2020, after which they allegedly took more than 400 women, men, and children to an internally displaced persons camp near Maiduguri.