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Group dismiss Wall Street Journal report on secret military graves

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An international Think Tank, Global Amnesty Watch hs dismissed a report by the Wall Street Journal where it alleged that the Nigerian military had buried thousands of soldiers in secret graves as untrue.

The WSJ had in an article entitled, “Nigeria Buries Soldiers at Night in Secret Cemetery” alleged that the military buried soldiers in unmarked graves in the North East.

The group in its latest investigation carried out by a team of researchers in said the report by WSJ was unfounded and a figment of the writer’s imagination.

The investigative team consisting of human rights lawyers, humanitarian workers, NGOs, journalists, academics said upon an extensive survey of Maimalari Barracks and its environs, said it could not establish places where the secret grave is located as there were no signs of new earthwork in the area earmarked as the burial site for military personnel killed in the battlefront

The investigative report, which was presented by eight fellows of the think tank drawn from across the world who were in Nigeria for on the spot assessment, commended the Nigerian military authority for drastically reducing the casualty rate for three consecutive years.

The team noted that during interactions with some of the troops on the battlefield, they lauded the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen, Tukur Burai, for taking the issue of welfare of the troops seriously unlike in times past where those in the battlefront were neglected and left to their fate. His frequent visits to the theatre of operations have served as a morale booster.

Bill Campbell while presenting the report on behalf of GWA, therefore, recommended that the Wall Street Journal should tender an unreserved apology to the Nigerian authorities for the report it issued without recourse to the sensibilities of families and relatives of those engaged in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

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