Nigerian authorities have failed families of 640 recaptured detainees of Giwa Barracks slaughtered by soldiers of the Nigerian army exactly six years ago, said Amnesty International Nigeria
On 14 March, 2014, Boko Haram attacked the Giwa military barracks in Maiduguri. They reportedly fought their way into the detention facilities and freed several hundred detainees.
Amnesty International received credible evidence that as the military regained control, more than 600 people, mostly unarmed recaptured detainees, were extra-judicially executed in various locations across Maiduguri.
“We have repeatedly called on Nigerian authorities to initiate independent and effective investigations to ensure that those behind the massacre that happened six years ago face justice,” said Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria.
“Despite repeated promises by the present government and establishing various committees to investigate the 14 March 2014 killings, not a single person has been held responsible or brought to justice for the mass killings that is among the most horrific incidents perpetrated by the military in the ongoing conflict in the north east.”
The fact that not a single person has been brought to justice for the Giwa Barracks massacre shows lack of genuine commitment to protecting human rights and a deliberate attempt to shield human rights violators from facing justice.
Families of victims have been keenly waiting for justice in the last six years, and their wait is only getting longer and strengthening an already pervasive culture of impunity within the Nigerian military.
“Nigeria authorities must show genuine commitment to the rule of law by ensuring accountability and justice for all victims. Above all, perpetrators of the Giwa Barracks massacre must not escape justice,” said Osai Ojigho.