‘GHOST SOLDIERS’ – BRITAIN’S SHADOW WAR IN WEST AFRICA
Secret documents show the UK government knows Nigerian troops commit atrocities but Whitehall continues military aid to secure arms deals and oil supplies.
15 SEPTEMBER 2022Nigerian security forces police a protest in Lagos, 2021. (Photo: Adeyinka Yusuf / Getty)
- UK-backed Nigerian army suffers from “endemic corruption” with “thousands of ‘ghost’ soldiers” supposedly fighting terrorism but who “exist only on paper”.
- More than a dozen “UK interest detainees” are held by Nigerian counter-terrorism authorities in prison conditions “far below minimum international standards”.