Amnesty: Nearly 150 died in "horrendous" prison conditions in Nigeria

Nearly 150 people have died in “horrendous” detention conditions in a prison in north-eastern Nigeria this year, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Eleven of the 149 detainees who died at the Giwa barracks military prison in the city of Maiduguri were children under six, according to the report.

Causes of death included disease, hunger, dehydration and gunshot wounds.

The prison currently has about 1,200 detainees, according to Amnesty. They include at least 120 children, who were arrested with their parents or alone.

Many of the detainees were arbitrarily rounded up during mass arrests, the group said. The region is frequently targeted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram, which often recruits children to carry out attacks.

Asked for a comment on the military prison, Nigerian army spokesman Sani Usman said: "Amnesty International knows that their allegations were far from the truth."

Last update: Wed, 11/05/2016 - 21:47

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