CDHR condemns killing of soldiers by Boko Haram, decries Presidency’s display of nonchalance

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The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) has condemned the killing of 100 soldiers by Boko haram insurgents at Metele village, Borno State even as it also decried what it called the nonchalance and the alarming delay displayed by the Presidency in response to the attacks.
The human rights group in a statement signed by its President, Mr. Malachy Ugwummadu, said the “gross display of nonchalance does not speak well of the government,” pointing out that this is “in spite of fact that the Federal Government repeatedly claims that the Boko Haram insurgents have been, quote; “technically defeated” .
The group in condemning the killing of the soldiers the group said “The killings are a gross violation of the fundamental right to life guaranteed by Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). It therefore called on the Federal Government to do the needful and conduct a proper investigation into the matter in order to ensure that the terrorists who carried out this crime face the wrath of the law and to prevent the reoccurrence of such disastrous attacks.
The full text of the CDHR’s statement made available to banneronlinenews.com reads:
COMMITTEE FOR THE DEFENCE OF HUMAN RIGHTS CONDEMNS THE KILLING OF 100
SOLDIERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY BY BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS
The fact of Boko Haram’s latest massacre inflicted on the soldiers of 157 Task Force Battalion of the Nigerian Army has clearly raised serious security breach and concern that cannot be ignored.
On November 19, 2018 Boko Haram terrorists attacked a military base in Metele Village in Borno State, killing several soldiers. The current death toll stands at over 100. Among the dead are the base commander and five officers. This has clearly compromised the coercive integrity of, the country.
Eye witness reports state that the terrorists arrived at the military base in 20 trucks and unleashed terror on the Nigerian Army for about one hour. However, during that short time, an unimaginable number of casualties was recorded on the side of the Nigerian Army. The terrorists were better armed and they used that to their advantage. By the time the soldiers attempted to retreat it was already too late because they were surrounded by the enemy. The terrorists continued their onslaught and levelled the military base. Air backup did not arrive on time to assist the soldiers but rather it arrived after the attack had ended.
A few soldiers managed to escape but several were not as fortunate. In addition to that, hundreds of
Soldiers are reported missing. Boko Haram terrorists looted the weapons meant for the Nigerian Army. The bodies of the fallen soldiers are yet to be recovered due to the fact that an initial attempt at recovery was met with an ambush that claimed yet more lives.
The delay displayed in the response of the Presidency to the attacks is alarming with the President
acknowledging the attack five days after its occurrence. This gross display of nonchalance does not speak well of the government. In spite of the fact that the Federal Government repeatedly claims that the Boko Haram insurgents have been, quote; “technically defeated”; the terrorist group is still inflicting harm through killings and kidnappings. The occurrence of such attacks poses itself as a major setback in the fight against terrorism.
Soldiers have repeatedly decried the lack of weapons and support that would enable them to effectively
combat the Boko Haram terrorists. This shows that there is still a lot of work to be done to rebuild the
military capacity of the Army to a point where there will be no reason for soldiers to prefer retreating due to fear in the face of battle.
The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) vehemently condemns the killing of the soldiers of the Nigerian Army by Boko Haram terrorists. The killings are a gross violation of the fundamental right to life guaranteed by Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). The section provides as follows: “Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.”
On account of this, the CDHR calls on the Federal Government to do the needful and conduct a proper
investigation into the matter in order to ensure that the terrorists who carried out this crime face the wrath of the law and to prevent the reoccurrence of such disastrous attacks.
The Federal Government should also provide proper weapons, equipment and support for soldiers who are deployed to combat the menace of terrorism as this would go a long way to ensuring the safety of the people of Nigeria and guaranteeing their constitutional right to life. It is indeed a disgraceful thing to hear allegations that those charged with the protection of the country are not well equipped for battle.
CDHR also extends its deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen soldiers and pray that they may
receive fortitude to bear the loss of their loved ones.
Malachy Ugwummadu
President CDHR

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