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Thursday, February 20, 2020

FG alleges, Amnesty Inter'l slipping into league of terrorists groups - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has warned Amnesty International over unfounded allegations, cautioning that AI is gradually joining the league of terrorist organisations, reports 
ITREALMS.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Thursday, the Minister sounded a warning to Amnesty International to eschew being in the league of Boko Haram and ISWAP over their level of fake news propagation lately.
"Amnesty International should not cast themselves in the league of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists," he declared. 

Responding to the Amnesty International accusation that the Nigerian Military burnt some villages and forcefully displaced the residents, the Minister said he was aware that the Defence Headquarters had responded appropriately to this accusation.

The military, he told 
ITREALMS, denied razing down villages and detaining locals unlawfully; that it does not employ arson as an operational tactic; and that looting and burning of villages is the style of Boko Haram Terrorists.

Stressing that in carrying out their duties, Amnesty International should not cast themselves in the league of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists. 

"They should stop the growing practice of constantly attacking the military and casting them as the bad guys, when all they are doing is putting their lives on the line to fight terrorists who have no respect for the sanctity of life, who willfully go after women and children, who attack houses of worship without respect or allegiance to any religion," he said.

Lai Mohammed insisted that Amnesty International should stop providing succour for terrorists by attributing their atrocities to Nigerian troops. 

"Our soldiers, who are defending the country, are guided by extant rules of engagement and operational codes of conduct. They should not be made to look like the aggressors here, he said.

The Federal Government, he further said always take seriously any allegation of rights violation by soldiers or other security forces. 

"Investigations have been carried out and culprits, if any, punished. And it is a continuous process," he said.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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