Amnesty International, AI, has slammed the decision by the Nigerian Army to reinstate the erstwhile General Officer Commanding, GOC of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Ahmadu Mohammed.
General Mohammed was reportedly shot at by soldiers under his command at Maimalari Barracks on May 12, 2014, after they lost 12 of their colleagues in an ambush to Boko Haram members at Chibok community.
Consequently, the GOC was redeployed and later sacked from the military, but two weeks ago, the Director Army Public Relations, Col. SaniUsman confirmed to Nigerian Pilot that the officer was reinstated.
Col. Usman even revealed that the army general was not tried by any military court.
But the global rights watch has described the reinstatement of Mohammed as a “monumental failure of the government to stamp out impunity for war crimes at the highest level”.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the AI Secretary General, SalilShetty, “Major General Mohammed must be investigated for participating in, sanctioning or failing to prevent the deaths of hundreds of people.”
Nigerian Pilot recalls that AI had earlier indicted the former commander alongside other serving and retired military chiefs for possible war crimes following the alleged torture and extra-judicial killings of over 8,000 suspected Boko Haram detainees.
It specifically accused Mohammed of overseeing the killing of 640 detainees at Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri, Borno State on March 14, 2014 after the Barracks’ detention centre was attacked by Boko Haram.
Mohammed, whose vehicle was shot at by the angry soldiers during the mutiny, is reported to have been quietly reinstated by Army authorities after he allegedly wrote several letters to the authorities asking to be recalled.
When General Mohammed was reinstated, it was not clear where he was posted to, but his reinstatement was secretly done by the military high command after he had written several letters requesting his reinstatement into the military.