Baga massacre: Read the NHRC report

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Claims and counter claims have characterized  the April violence in Baga, a border town in the restive Borno state.  Following the outcry over extra judicial killings by the JTF, the Army and FG have maintained that the number of killings have been exaggerated , apart from the fact that terrorists were killed in battle.

Subsequently,   enquiries were  instituted into the matter dubbed ‘Baga Massacre’ by the Senate, the FG and other human rights bodies.

Residents walk past burnt houses in the remote northeast town of Baga on April 21, 2013 after two days of clashes between officers of the Joint Task Force and members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram on April 19 in the town near Lake Chad, 200 kms north of Maiduguri, in Borno State. Photo:AFP.

Residents walk past burnt houses in the remote northeast town of Baga on April 21, 2013 after two days of clashes between officers of the Joint Task Force and members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram on April 19 in the town near Lake Chad, 200 kms north of Maiduguri, in Borno State. Photo:AFP.

In an interim report released, Sunday, by the National Human Rights Commission, the body questioned the scale of force used by the military in the internal security operation.

The report faulted the government on focussing only on number of casualties than the legality of the military action.

However, the report contains recommendations on managing security institutions that include; legality and rules of engagement; detention, internment, enforced disappearance; training; humanitarian access; etc.

Kindly join the debate:
Do you support government’s military action at Baga or should a humane rule of engagement be adopted in internal military operations?

Read the report
NHRC Report coutesy: Premium Times

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