Amnesty International has condemned the decision to reinstate Major General Ahmadu Mohammed.  Major General Mohammed, along with 8 other military officials, was responsible for the deaths of 8,000 detainees.


The military official commanded 7 Division when the military executed 640 detainees following an attack by Boko Haram on the barrack on March 14, 2014.  The organization has argued that Major General Mohammed’s actions amounted to war crimes.

Amnesty International issued a report over the summer entitled Stars on their shoulders, blood on their hands: War crimes committed by the Nigerian military. The report exposed a wide range of human rights abuses committed against Nigerians during the war against Boko Haram by the Nigerian Army.

Following the report’s publication, President Muhammadu Buhari personally promised that the military officials implicated in the war crimes would be investigated.  Thus far, however, an investigation has yet to begin.

The other military officers mentioned on the list are; Major General John A.H. Ewansiha, Major General Obida T Ethan, Brigadier General Austin O. Edokpayi, Brigadier General Rufus O. Bamigboye, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika, Admiral Ola Sa'ad Ibrahim, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, and Lt. General Ken Minimah.

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