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Senate Investigates Amnesty International report on Nigeria

Senate Investigates Amnesty International report on Nigeria

…Set up ad-hoc committee to look into allegations

KUNLE ADESUJI, Abuja

Senate on Wednesday Set up ad-hoc committee to look into report by International Human Rights Organisation( Amnesty International) accusing Security Agencies of rape and domestic violence against women in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno.

Members of ad-hoc committee that will look into report of Amnesty International are Senator David Umaru (Chairman), Senator Babajide Omoworare, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Senator Jeremiah Useni, Senator Binta Masi Garba, Senator Stella Odua , Senator Ben Murray-Bruce.

The resolution of the set to probe the report was as a result of point of order raised by Senator Shehu Sanitise who asked his colleagues to look critically to grave allegations against Security agencies in Nigeria.

The Human Right activist turned politician expressed dissatisfaction with response of Presidency on the allegations by Amnesty International.

Shehu said, “As a democracy, we have a twin obligation to prosecute the war on terror and in every possible way protect and defend the fundamental rights of Nigerians“It is a concern that this report infringes on the image of not only the security forces of Nigeria but Nigeria as a country.”

Speaking on his colleague’s point of order, the Deputy Senate leader, Bala Na Allah indicated that due to “the nature and character of what we have in the country makes it almost practically impossible not to have the kind of report that the AI is reporting about Nigeria. We must understand that we are not fighting with a defined enemy.”

After debate on the point of order, Senate unanimously agreed set up ad-hoc committee to investigate the matter.

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