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Amnesty International blames Nigerian military for over 8,000 prisoner deaths

Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 01:06

In a new report, the human rights group says Nigeria's armed forces have killed 8,000 prisoners and carried out war crimes during its fight with militant Islamist group Boko Haram. Diane Hodges reports.

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Nigeria's president is vowing to defeat the Islamist militants, Boko Haram. During a visit to NIger, President Muhammadu Buhari promised to do whatever it takes to eliminate the group accused of killing thousands of people across western Africa during its six year long insurgency. But Amnesty International says war crimes committed by Nigeria's military during the campaign against Boko Haram have also claimed thousands of innocent lives. The group says some seven THOUSAND people died while in military detention. Another 12-hundred people were killed by the country's armed forces during the past four years in what the group says were extra-judicial killings. (SOUNDBITE)(English) AFRICA DIRECTOR, RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL, NETSANET BELAY, SAYING: "The main causes of death in detention was starvation stress, suffocation, severe overcrowding that led to spread of diseases, torture, lack of medical attention and the use of fumigation chemicals in unventilated cells." The group is calling on other countries to press Nigeria to investigate these deaths, and to withhold all further military assistance until it does.

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Amnesty International blames Nigerian military for over 8,000 prisoner deaths

Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 01:06