Dead or alive, NGO Tells FG to give account of people arrested in connection with Boko Haram

A group of protesters have asked Nigerian government to give account of those arrested in connection with Boko Haram in troubled Borno State. 

The demand was made in Maiduguri on Tuesday by protesters, who said this would allow them to foreclose expectations over their detained family members and sleep deep. 

The protesters, who used the occasion of International Human Rights Day, to demand for information about their relatives some of them forcefully arrested by soldiers since eight years ago, said: “All we need is information about our detained relatives whether they are dead or alive.” 

The protesters were aimed with placards with inscriptions: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” “We want justice for our sons,” “We are seeking justice for the humiliations, charged them to court or release them,” “Women united are stronger than country divided,” “We are looking for our 4,000 husbands in detention,” 

“We want accountability for our missing sons” 

Some of the children that fall between the age 4-8 recently released by the military were part of the protesters. 

They carried placards with inscriptions:”We seek justice from the government, society, our detainees,” “We are urging for education to make our future,” “The future depend on what you do today,” “# Justice for us,” 

Leading the protesters, the Executive Director of Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, Hajiya Hamsatu Allamin said: “Today, as usual they are also asking the government to reveal the whereabouts of their husbands and sons. They demand answers from the Nigerian authorities and call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the military to release accurate information about all men, women, girls and boys they have arrested in the past eight years.”

She said that the road to justice for relatives and survivors starts with receiving information.” The Jire Dole network is praying that President Muhammadu Buhari, though yhd Attorney General of the Fexeration will make yhd following information:

“A list with tbe names, dates of arrest and location of detention of all people who were arrested in the context of the insurgency in northeast Nigeria since 2011; a list with all names of those who died in military custody since 2011, including date and location of death; a list with names of all those who are currently on trial and their location of detention; the full list of detainees kept in Giwa Barrack on 14 March, 2014.

“The report of the Presidential Investigation Panel to review compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement submitted to the President in February 2018, and the report of the President Commission on Special Detainees which has submitted its report to the President in March 2018.” The statement said.

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