Amnesty International on Monday shunned the Presidential Panel of Investigation into the Armed Forces Compliance with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement in Rivers.
It could be recalled that Amnesty International had accused the army of violating human rights of citizens, especially agitators like IPOB.
It also accused the army of extra-judicial killings, giving examples of Shi’ites and its members and alleged that the army buried the remains of victims of its alleged human rights abuse in a mass grave. The Federal Government then constituted a panel to investigate the allegations against the army.
However, at the hearing on Monday, no representative of Amnesty International was present.
He said they were also informed about the sitting in Port Harcourt.
Georgewill said, “Since the commencement of this panel both in Abuja and Maiduguri, Amnesty International has not appeared before the panel. Fair hearing is an opportunity being made available for every person to be heard.
“If Amnesty International does not come, the panel will proceed with hearing. The Amnesty International is a critical part of this commission. This is the time they need to come and defend all their allegations against the Nigerian Army.”