Boko Haram Has Committed War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity with Impunity

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Boko Haram Has Committed War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity with Impunity
Nwolu Obiajulu

Human rights body, Amnesty International has said that Boko Haram committed unabated crimes against humanity in Nigeria, leading to the wanton destruction of property and loss of lives.

It disclosed this in a series of tweets on its verified Twitter handle on Wednesday, noting that the terrorist group has been unleashing violence on residents of the north-east region since 2009.

Amnesty International was reacting to the killing of at least 43 rice farmers at Zabarmari in the Jere Local Government Area of Borno State last Saturday by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

It said, “Boko Haram has been wreaking havoc and suffering on the lives of millions of people in north-east Nigeria since 2009. The armed group has killed thousands of people, abducted thousands, and forced more than a million to flee their homes.

“Through a campaign of almost daily killings, bombings, abductions, looting and burning, Boko Haram has crippled normal life in north-east Nigeria. Towns and villages have been pillaged.

“Boko Haram destroyed schools, churches, mosques and other public buildings. #BokoHaram is brutally mistreating civilians trapped in areas under its control and has disrupted the provision of health, education and other public services by the Nigerian authorities.

“Amnesty International’s research repeatedly shows that #BokoHaram has committed war crimes and crimes against humanity with impunity.”

The group had earlier reported that of the 43 farmers killed, 16 were Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) resident at Farm Centre IDP Camp.

it said, “Amnesty International’s findings show that, of the 43 farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram, 16 were Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) resident at Farm Centre IDP Camp. While 10 women working in Kwashabe rice farm are still missing after the attack.”

“Boko Haram and other armed groups must renounce their unlawful and vicious campaign of violence against civilians. The Nigerian authorities, for their part, must do more to protect civilians and bring the perpetrators of all such attacks to justice,” it added.

 

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