Emmanuel Onwubiko

Emmanuel Onwubiko,

Tobi Soniyi

Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has faulted the claim by Amnesty International that the Nigerian authorities failed to investigate the killings of detainees in Giwa Barrack in Borno State.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, HURIWA’s Executive Director, Emmanuel Onwubiko, accused Amnesty International of planning to undermine the counter terrorism against Boko Haram.

He also accused AI of taking the side of insurgents and cared less about the lives of thousands of Nigerian security men and women killed by the insurgents.

He said: “Why can’t Amnesty International organise international marches in remembrance of the 25,000 innocent Nigerians massacred by these same terrorists that Amnesty International is holding brief for?”

Onwubiko said that AI’s reports on Nigeria were based on hearsay and discredited.

He said: “This UK based organization which only few months ago set up a small office in Abuja had prior to its actual physical location in Nigeria authored a report in which many second hand information and hear say accounts of some doubtful participants in the theatre of war told tales of massive killings of BH terrorists for which this body severally used their extensive media network to cajole the hierarchy of the Nigeria military to investigate on one hand but on another breath this same organization sent a copy of this unsubstantiated reports on the North East of Nigeria counter terrorism war to the International Criminal Court.