The human rights non-governmental organization, Amnesty International has alleged that no less than 10,000 civilians have died in Nigerian military custody since 2011.
The victims allegedly died after being detained in connection with the Boko Haram insurgency in northeast region.
Amnesty International made the revelation in a report, saying many of the victims died at the “infamous Giwa Barracks,” in Maiduguri. “In April 2017 alone, 166 corpses were transferred from Giwa to the mortuary,” it said.
“Severe overcrowding, scarce food and water, extreme heat, infestation by parasites and insects, and lack of access to adequate sanitation and health care are among the litany of violations at Giwa,” said Amnesty.
The rights group said it reviewed more than 120 images of corpses brought from the barracks to a local mortuary and spoke to individuals with direct knowledge of the detentions who estimated that up to 25% of those who died were older men.
The report is the latest to be made by international rights groups on alleged human rights abuses by the Nigerian military in the northeast region, where it is fighting the Boko Haram insurgency.
Amnesty said the military has not responded to the report as at press time, but it has, in the past, denied similar charges of human rights violations. Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) have also been accused of widespread human rights violations.
Boko Haram and the breakaway faction, ISWAP, are fighting to impose strict Islamic Shariah rule in the country. Thousands have been killed in the more than 10-year-old insurgency, more than a million people displaced.