Amnesty International on Friday called for an investigation into the alleged burning of villages by Nigerian troops in the volatile northeast following a recent surge in jihadist attacks.
The rights group said its report was based on interviews with villagers in Borno state and satellite data analysis of the incidents.
It said troops razed three villages along a key road leading to regional capital Maiduguri after forcibly evicting hundreds of residents from their homes on January 3 and 4.
“These brazen acts of razing entire villages, deliberately destroying civilian homes and forcibly displacing their inhabitants with no imperative military grounds, should be investigated as possible war crimes,” said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria.
“They repeat a longstanding pattern of the Nigerian military meting out brutal tactics against the civilian population,” he said.
Amnesty said it spoke to 12 women and men forced to flee their homes from the…
Source: Guardian Newspaper