According to an ad hoc report on the Baga Incident of 16 April 2013 and the situation in North-East by the National Human Rights Commission released on Sunday, the report enumerated the atrocities committed by the JTF as including instantaneous executions, torture, and indiscriminate detention of people and this was a violation of the constitutional rights of the people.
The incident which was as a result of the rivalry between the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and the Islamic militant group, Boko Haram, led to the death of 187 people, according to the report of some interest groups. MNJTF Commander Brig-Gen. Austin Edokpayi said there were only 37 deaths.
A report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW) also showed that 2,275 buildings, most of them residential buildings, were razed by fire with another 125 severely damaged. The report also state: “In particular, we have received persistent and credibly attested allegations of indiscriminate disposal of human remains by personnel of both the JTF and the Borno State Environmental Protection Agency.”
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in its ad hoc report said it found incidents of forced marriage perpetrated by members of the Boko Haram sect and spoke with witnesses whose family members were abducted and forced into marriage. It called on the Federal government to urgently deploy alleviation measures to the affected areas in order to mitigate the spate of human suffering.
Men of the armed forces are mortals like other persons. While depriving them moments and time to spend with their families? Provisions should be made for frequent and regular mobility and rotation of military personnels, so that they do not unleash grievances on innocent civilians.
The military should nt be blamed for the killings in Borno state because it was a gun battle between them and the islamist sect. Instead awareness should be created on how to take cover in times of crisis, so that civilians who never had military trainings can shelter themselves in times straying bullets and so on.
If Nigerians stop behaving like animals, tolerate one another’s weaknesses and beliefs, there will be no room for molestation. All we need is live as a nation despite our diversity.