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Military Air Strikes in Yobe and Rivers must be investigated — Amnesty

Amnesty International is calling on the Nigerian authorities to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the recent military air strike that killed at least 9 people and injured 20 on 15 September when Nigerian Air Force fighter jets targeted several villages in Yobe state, including Buwari, Bulabulin, Matari, Malari and Kajinjiri.

Similarly, on 26 August a wooden passenger boat ferrying passengers and their goods from Port Harcourt to Bonny in Rivers state was targeted by a military helicopter, injuring several passengers.

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“Nigerian government must immediately conduct a full, transparent and impartial investigation into the horrific incidents in Yobe and River state,” said Osai Ojigho Director Amnesty International Nigeria

“Amnesty International is calling for full reparations for the relatives of those killed in the strikes, as well as remedy for other victims in previous military air strikes– including compensation, restitution and rehabilitation. Nigerian military must abide by international law in future military operations and protect lives of civilians,” said Osai Ojigho

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Anyone suspected of criminal responsibility should be prosecuted in a fair trial. Survivors and families of the victims should be kept informed of the progress of the investigation and be given full reparation.

Previous incidents in the North East of Nigeria and the Niger Delta region were met with deafening silence and outright denial by the military while devastated families suffer in silence. This must not happen again.

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