The Defence Headquarters has castigates Amnesty International (AI) of defame the Nigeria Army in its current reputation, which criticized the military of crimes against older people in the Northeast.

Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, who is the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, noting that there were sentimental in the report.

The reports read in part: “The attention of the Nigerian military has been drawn to the recent report released by Amnesty International in its chapter 3 as “Nigerian Military Crimes”.

“The report is clear desperation targeted at blackmailing the Nigerian military. Thus, the report should be discountenanced.”

Major General John stated that the report cannot be explained as factual due to the lack of universal academic or global best practice criteria research.

He said further that the research does not have the sample percentage justified in the population fact to have been enquired.

He also asked, for the entire so called research, to whom is the loyalty of the respondents selected by AI; Boko Haram or peace loving Borno citizens?

He said, “However, it is desirable in the interest of the general public to bring out some contradictions in the report that tends to criminalise the Nigerian military which is not true."

Major Gen. John described the report as no solid fact, the reports by Amnesty International that Army extinguished older people, among others who were trying to escape from their homes.

He also said, the military was pilot by existing laws and rules of engagement.

Coordinator said further that, Amnesty International also concede on page 36 of their claims that “during previous Amnesty International research, some former detainees, including children, admitted openly that they had been in the armed group – sometimes through recruitment and other times through abduction.

“AI cannot rule out that older people interviewed for this report at times supported Boko Haram. This is to buttress the fact that the military will and cannot detain civilians unlawfully."

Major General quoted Amnesty International as saying, “In recent years, soldiers and CJTF members involved in ‘screening” have sent fewer older people, among other groups to detention.

He also note that, the report also stated that soldiers had increasingly refrained from detaining older people fleeing Boko Haram controlled areas in recent years.

“These among several others in the report are obvious contradictions to the portrayal of the Nigerian military by AI.

“As such, it is a deliberate attempt to discredit the Nigerian military in the fight against insurgency and terrorism in the North East which should be resisted.

“Nigerians should be assured that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will not be deterred in the fight to rid the country of terrorists and criminals in the country in spite of the allegations.”

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