Nigerian army's defense after shooting protesters? Trump's remarks on the migrant caravan

Nigeria Army tweets Trump video to justify armed protest clampdown

The Nigerian Army, had yesterday used the words of President Trump to justify its fatal shootings of rock-throwing protesters.

The commander-in-chief said rocks would be considered the same as firearms if thrown at USA troops whom he had deployed to the southern border, warning that the Americans could shoot the migrants if attacked.

"Please watch and make your deductions", said the army in a post on its official Twitter account. We're going to consider it, and I told them, consider it a rifle.

"They want to throw rocks at our military, [then] our military fights back", he continued.

In the video, Mr Trump said armed troops should consider equating rock-throwing with shooting from a rifle. Nigerian police arrested 400 members of the Shia Muslim sect after days of deadly protests in the capital of Abuja that began on Saturday.

The US embassy in Nigeria said Thursday it was "concerned" and called for an investigation. "Rather than engaging in a preposterous competition over who does a better job of violating human rights, the Nigerian government must hold its security forces accountable for the horrific killing of at least 45 peaceful protesters".

"They (the Shiites) fired weapons at own troops, throwing bottle canisters with fuel, large stones, catapults with risky objects and other unsafe items at troops causing bodily harm and stopping motorist movement, breaking their windscreen and causing heavy traffic", the army had said.

The Shia Islamic Movement, the country's largest Shia minority group, was protesting the detention of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El Zakzaky, his wife, and hundreds of other members who have been imprisoned since the group clashed with soldiers in December 2015.

Earlier in a statement responding to Trump's remarks, Amnesty International's Secretary General Kumi Naidoo said: "We reject these vicious policies".

Whiles the army reported of injuries to its personnel deployed to control the protesters, IMN reports that dozens of its supporters were killed even though the army put the death toll at three.

The Army has previously tweeted photos of wounded soldiers who suffered from rock pelting religious protesters seeking the release of their detained leader.

When a reporter asked him about this, the president said the US military should "consider it a rifle".

Nigeria's defence spokesman John Agim told AFP that the army posted the video in response to criticism that its security forces had acted unlawfully.

"What did the biblical David use to kill Goliath?"

"It seems the Nigerian military are deliberately using tactics created to kill when dealing with IMN gatherings". "This pattern clearly shows soldiers and police approached IMN processions not to restore public order, but to kill", said Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria, using the initials for the Shiite protesters.

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