Amnesty Confirms 55 Boko Haram Suspects Dead In Military Detention


BY MELVIN UCHE, MAIDUGURINo fewer than 55 Boko Haram detainees have been confirmed dead at the military detention facility in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The Detainees, who were part of Boko Haram suspects arrested at different points of military operations, were said to have died from heat wave as against the report of meningitis outbreak at the Centre.

This was disclosed on Friday to newsmen by Helen Adesola, Country representative, Global Amnesty Watch Foundation, at a press briefing in Maiduguri after a fact-finding visit to military detention facility in Borno in response to the report of recent outbreak of meningitis at the Centre .

She said Global Amnesty Watch in line with its mandate, took it upon itself to undertake a fact-finding tour of the military detention facility in Maiduguri, Borno state after it got information that serotype C strain of cerebral meningitis has found its way into the facility.

“This tour was undertaken in the firm belief that the detainees at the facilities have basic rights that cannot and must not be taken away from them. Their right to dignity and right to life require that diseases are not allowed to ravage them”.

She added : “By the same token , the rest of the population in the state must be protected by ensuring that the detention facility is not allowed to act as reservoir for the bacteria that causes meningitis.

“Much as the military is the responsibility of the Federal Government, the state government must wake up to its responsibility since majority of the detainees are from Borno, by not abandoning them even though they are being held on the suspicion of their linkage with the Boko Haram terrorists group.”

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