Amnesty International Targeting Nigerian Military In Support Of Terrorists – DHQ

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has strongly condemned what it described as an inglorious campaign in a recent report by Amnesty International, alleging employment of unlawful tactics of razing down villages and unlawful detention of locals by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.

According to the DHQ, the troops, who are conducting Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations in the NorthEast, do not employ arson as an operational tactic.

The DHQ added that Nigeria is at war against terrorism in the NorthEast and that the troops have a constitutional mandate to protect lives and property, even if it means conducting an evacuation to save and secure lives of civilians in the conflict.

The defence pointed out, that troops deployed to fight terrorism in the NorthEast do not attack or raze down villages, communities or settlements, rather they launch offensive on terrorists’ camps, enclaves and hide outs.

According to the DHQ’s statement, “It is expedient to state that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who are conducting Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations in the NE do not employ arson as an operational tactic.

“It is expedient to state that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole who are conducting Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations in the NE do not employ arson as an operational tactic”.

“It therefore, beats one’s imagination that Amnesty International  is attributing these atrocities to AFN troops who are legitimately defending the country guided by extant rules of engagement and operational codes of conduct”, the statement said.

The DHQ urged Amnesty International to desist from undermining Nigeria’s Military campaign against terrorism in the NorthEast.

It thereafter urged members of the public to discountenance AI’s report, and focus on realistic reflection of troops’ counter terrorism operation in the NorthEast.



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