Borno: Global Amnesty Watch Says 55 Die In Army Detention Facility
The Global Amnesty Watch Foundation (GAWF) has said that not Less than 55 Boko Haram Detainees have died in Militry detention facility located in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital in the recent time.
It also said that their cause of the death was heat wave contrary to an earlier report that the deaths was as a result of meningitis, adding that the Nigerian Army who are responsble for the Detainees is doing all within its power to ensure the well being of detainees in its custody according to findings.
This was disclosed yesterday by Helen Adesola ,Country representative, Global Amnesty Watch Foundation at a press briefing in Maiduguri after a fact finding visit to Militry detention facility in Borno in response to the report of recent outbreak of meningitis at the centre .
Helen said upon getting answers to questions from the authorities at the detention facility and following extensive interviews with the inmates, it was revealed that the cause of death of 55 inmates of the facility was excessive heat wave occasioned by the weather condition of the state and not meningitis.
Her words,” Global Amnesty Watch in line with its mandate, took upon itself to undertake a fact finding tour of the Military detention facility in Maiduguri, Borno state after it got information that serotype C strain of cerebral meningitis has found its way into the facility.
“This tour was undertaken in the firm belief that the detainees at the facilities have basic rights that cannot and must not be taken away from them. Their right to dignity and right to life require that diseases are not allowed to ravage them”.
She added that by the same token, the rest of the population in the state must be protected by ensuring that the detention facility is not allowed to act as reservoir for the bacteria that causes meningitis.
“Much as the Military is the responsibility of the federal government, the state government must wake up to its responsibility since majority of the detainees are from Borno, by not abandoning them even though they are being held on the suspicion of their linkage with the Boko Haram terrorists group,” he said.
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