The Amnesty International has released a video showing gruesome murder of suspected members of Boko Haram by the Nigerian Army.
In one part of the video, detainees are seen having their throats slit one by one and dumped in mass graves by men who appear to be members of the Nigerian military and the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF)
In one horrific video, a Boko Haram suspect is pulled from a truck and held down while a man in military uniform slices his neck open with a combat knife, hurling his body into a pit.
The scene is repeated with another suspect on the same bloodied patch at the edge of the grave
Detainees are kept to one side while graves are dug before the pit is shown half-full of bloodied bodies.
Amnesty said the killings occurred shortly after Boko Haram’s attack on a detention centre in Giwa Barracks, in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, on March 14.
However, the Defence spokesman Major-General Chris Olukolade has reacted to the video.
He said: ‘The military authorities view these grave allegations very seriously.
‘Much as the scenes depicted in this video are alien to our operations and doctrines, it has to be investigated to ensure that such practices have not crept, surreptitiously, into the system.’
He added that such behaviour would be counter to the training Nigerian troops are given.
‘That level of barbarism and impunity has no place in the Nigerian military. Respect for the sanctity of life is always boldly emphasized in our doctrinal training,’ he said.
The footage comes a week after Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau released a video of his fighters beheading a Nigerian soldier
Amnesty’s report also shows the aftermath of a Boko Haram attack on a village that the rights group said had killed 100 people.
A military operation since May last year has aimed to crush the rebels. But they have proved resilient and have hit back in attacks that have left hundreds dead, including civilians.
Amnesty International’s secretary general Salil Shetty said: ‘This shocking new evidence is further proof of the appalling crimes being committed with abandon by all sides in the conflict … what does it say when members of the military carry out such unspeakable acts and capture the images on film?
“Numerous testimonies we have gathered suggest that extrajudicial executions are, in fact, regularly carried out by the Nigerian military.”