Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify deadly fire

Nigerian army posts Trump video to justify deadly fire

The Nigerian Army has once again justified its killing of some members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), widely known as Shiites, saying they were not unarmed.

In a November 1 speech on immigration, when asked by a reporter if active duty soldiers being sent to the USA border with Mexico would fire on migrants seeking asylum, Trump said he hoped not.

The army's Twitter account posted a video, "Please Watch and Make Your Deductions", showing Trump's speech, The New York Times reported.

Trump added: "We're not going to put up with that".

"They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back", Trump told another reporter at the news conference.

In the video, Mr Trump said armed troops should consider equating rock-throwing with shooting from a rifle.

"We released that video to say if President Trump can say that rocks are as good as a rifle, who is Amnesty International?" he said.

The tweet comes just days after the army shot and killed 45 Muslim protesters in the capital city of Abuja.

"Not only did they use stones but they were carrying petrol bombs, machetes and knives, so yes, we consider them as being armed", said Agim.

Agim said: 'The video was posted in reaction to the Amnesty International report accusing the army of using weapons against pacifist Shia protesters.

Amnesty International lambasted the Nigerian military's "horrific use of excessive force" and said researchers have "strong evidence" that security forces wielded automatic firearms during Monday's protest. Trump insisted Friday that he meant that rock-throwers would be arrested.

United States congressman Adam Schiff has blamed, President Donald Trump over the recent killings of Shiite protesters by the Nigerian army in Abuja. The IMN said that the military killed at least 49 people with their live bullets.

"Video footage and eyewitness testimonies consistently show that the Nigerian military dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing live ammunition without warning, in clear violation of Nigerian and global law", said Osai Ojigho, Director of Amnesty worldwide Nigeria.

In response to the Nigerian Army's since-deleted tweet, Osai Ojigho of Amnesty International Nigeria said the West African nation's government "must hold its security forces accountable" rather than engage in "preposterous competition over who does a better job of violating human rights".

Nigeria's military and police forces are accused of killing dozens of Muslim protesters and arresting hundreds of others, the BBC reports.

On Thursday, 120 of 400 IMN members arrested by police on Monday were charged with 'rioting, disturbance of public peace and causing hurt, ' said a court official in Abuja on Friday. No president should be embracing the horrific use of excessive force.

But that did not stop the army from pointing to Trump's comments about Central American migrants and refugees as justification.

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