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“The Nigerian military, including senior military commanders, must be investigated for participating in, sanctioning or failing to prevent the deaths of more than 8,000 people murdered, starved, suffocated, and tortured to death. Based on years of research and analysis of evidence–including leaked military reports and correspondence, as well as interviews with more than 400 victims, eyewitnesses and senior members of the Nigerian security forces–Amnesty International believes there are range of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity committed by the Nigerian military in the course of the fight against Boko Haram in the North-East of the country.

Amnesty International has also submitted to the ICC a list of names of military officers who should be investigated for their possible role in the crimes under international law and serious human rights violations documented in this report.

More than 1,200 people were victims of extrajudicial killings by the military and associated militias in the North-East while the worst case documented   took place on March 14, 2014 when the military killed more than 640 detainees who fled Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State, after a Boko Haram attack.

The conditions of detention in Giwa Barracks and detention centres in Damaturu “were so overcrowded that hundreds of detainees were packed into small cells where they had to take turns sleeping or even sitting on the floor.”

The report added that “at its peak, Giwa Barracks which was not built as a detention facility was accommodating more than 2,000 detainees at one time.”

Extract from the latest report of the Amnesty International that indicted top Nigeria Military commanders under former President Goodluck Jonathan for war crimes

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