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HURIWA demands probe of alleged secret burial of 105 soldiers

By News Express on 30/11/2015

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A non-governmental organisation, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has called for a transparent investigation of the widespread allegations of secret burial, by the military authority, of over 105 soldiers reportedly killed last week during an ambush by the armed Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State, North-East of Nigeria.

In a statement signed jointly by the National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko and the National Media Affairs Director, Miss Zainab Yusuf,  the group demanded a transparent and accountable investigation of the entire scenario; and for the Federal Government to give Nigerians a situation report of the current counter-terrorism war, including clear, unambiguous and verifiable evidence on the number of casualties, as a way of honouring  the heroes who have been killed while defending the territorial integrity of our fatherland.  

HURIWA said constitutional democracy thrives on freedom of information, and the active participation of all citizens in some ways in the administration of the country and stated that the alleged secret burial of such a huge number of soldiers, allegedly slaughtered on the line of national duty, must not be swept under the carpet as that would amount to disrespecting the dead.  “It would constitute grave disservice to Nigeria,” said the group, recalling that bodies of about 105 soldiers killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State have been reported to have been secretly buried by the Nigerian Army at the military cemetery in Maiduguri last week; and that the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the failure of the National Assembly to investigate these allegations were troubling and strange.

HURIWA quoted some online and print reports as saying that the decomposed bodies of the men who were killed in an encounter with the terrorists penultimate week’s Wednesday were brought to Maiduguri last Monday evening in body bags, and were confirmed by the Brigade Commander, Army Engineering Corps.

HURIWA recalled: “The military, in an attempt to cover up the development,” according to reporters, “has denied that any soldier was missing, and described an exclusive story published last Thursday by Premium Times as “a fabrication from the imagination of those sympathetic to Boko Haram ways of life.”

Military spokesman, Colonel Tukur Ismail Gusau, was said to have admitted that insurgents attacked the location of 157 Battalion last Wednesday, “but they were subsequently repelled by the gallant troops of the unit,” adding: “The unit’s commanding officer remained in contact with his Brigade Commander.”

However, the rights group said the United Nations Organisation  (UNO),  African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); credible international and national civil society groups, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, National Human Rights Commission of Nigeria (NHRC) and respected Nigeria-based, etc, should be constituted into a panel of investigators, which must include the Red Cross/Red Crescent Society, faith-based organisations, and representatives of the Nigerian military to investigate the veracity or otherwise of the claims and counter-claims regarding the fate of the 105 soldiers that went missing and were reported widely to have been buried, after the decomposed remains were allegedly found by Nigerian military hierarchy.

It noted: “This allegation, if proven, could mean that those responsible for this show of shame should be prosecuted for perjury since the military chiefs swore to an oath of office: to be truthful, and bear true allegiance to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the supreme law recognise the people of Nigeria as the owners of the sovereignty of Nigeria from where authority and legitimacy are donated to those holding public offices in trust for Nigerians.

“The Federal Government must come clean on this allegation and, indeed, Nigeria should erect national monuments where the names of all the soldiers and innocent Nigerians slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in the last three years of vicious circles of deadly terrorism are inscribed and a day of national honour set aside as a national memorial for these gallant and very courageous Nigerians who have suffered and paid the ultimate prize for fatherland.

“If, indeed, 105 soldiers were killed and secretly buried, then those officials who made this decision must be prosecuted for duping Nigerians and for concealing vital information from the good people of Nigeria who are the real owners of our sovereignty.”

•Photo shows Chief of Army Staff, Gen. TY Buratai.

Source News Express

Posted 30/11/2015 5:26:42 PM

 

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