Villagers accuse Nigerian army of extra-judicial killings

Villagers accuse Nigerian army of extra-judicial killings

Friday, January 8, 2016 8:39 pm

Nigerian soldiers still facing accusations of killing many followers of Shiite leader, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, are on the spot again, accused of killing three persons, extra-judicial.

Villagers from Duhu, Adamawa State said soldiers killed a teacher and two middle-aged men who had been detained in Yola area, an account that comes amid accusations that many other people arrested by the military and vigilantes on suspicion of being Boko Haram fighters have disappeared and are feared dead.

Asked about the three killings, the military commander for the area, Brig. Gen. Victor Ezwugu, said the military had never detained the three men. He said all suspects are thoroughly investigated and treated according to the law.

Human rights groups accuse Nigeria’s military of killing thousands of civilians in the fight against the Islamic extremists. The military has denied the allegations.

Villagers from Duhu said on Friday that women protested at a military base after soldiers on Wednesday arrested teacher Habu Bello and two other men, Idrisa Dele and Umaru Hammankadi.

They said they later found the men’s bodies dumped, with bullet wounds. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals from soldiers.

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