Amnesty International calls for closure of Giwa Barracks
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 12, 2016
Amnesty International has called for the immediate closure of Giwa Barracks, a military detention center in Maiduguri, Borno State. In its report on Wednesday, the human rights group said one hundred and forty-nine detainees, including seven young children and four babies have died “in horrendous conditions” at the detention centre this year.
Amnesty International also says it believes that about one thousand, two hundred people are being held at Giwa, many of them arbitrarily rounded up during mass arrests. It called the centre a place of death, saying all detainees should be released or transferred to civilian authorities. Meanwhile, a statement by the Acting Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, has disputed the allegations, saying they are far from the truth.