Osinbajo Inaugurates Panel To Investigate Military Compliance With Human Rights Obligation

Human rights abuse: FG, Armed Forces must be conform to international best practices – Osinbajo

FG, military must adhere to human rights norms, says Osinbajo

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated a panel to investigate human rights compliance of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

Amnesty worldwide had accused the military of human rights abuse, excessive force and extra judicial killings of terrorists in the east as well as members of indigenous people of Biafra in the South east.

He explained that the individuals and organisations alleged cases of misconduct and human rights abuses by personnel of the army, "especially in the early days of the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations".

"There is no doubt that the nature of asymmetric or unconventional warfare that they have had to contend with presents unique challenges that most modern armies are ill-equipped to tackle with conventional warfare tactics".

"Nonetheless, there have been a series of allegations levied against security forces by some local and worldwide commentators".

"Nonetheless, there are series of allegations levelled against security forces by some local and global commentators.... the allegations are capable of undermining the good works and efforts of the men and women of the armed forces who have largely conducted themselves in a disciplined and professional manner".

"Failure to examine some of these allegations will also leave those who may have been victims of such abuses without any recourse to justice". It is that failure of our justice system to adequately respond to crisis that is usually a recipe for greater conflict.

"It is the responsibility of the Armed Forces and the responsibility of all of us who are in government to ensure that we interrogate our own activities and ensure that those activities meet up with human rights norms and basic rules of decency observed across the world".

The panel is also mandated to investigate matters of conducts and discipline in the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies; recommend means of preventing violations of global humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations and make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as may be deemed necessary.

" Three, to investigate matters of conducts and discipline in the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies; to recommend means of preventing violations of worldwide humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations".

"To make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as it deemed necessary".

Other members of the judicial commission set-up by the Acting President last week include Patrick Akem, a major general, Wale Fapohunda, Hauwa Ibrahim, Jibrin Ibrahim, Ifeoma Nwakama, and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The panel, which is to be headed by Justice Biobele Georgewill, has Maj.

While charging members of the panel to discharge their duties diligently, impartially and with all sense of professionalism, he urged them to also collect information about the conditions of service of the armed forces or any other factors that might have hindered the optimal performance.

The acting president said the armed forces should rest reassured that there is no witch-hunt against them and that it is in the interest of all that justice is done. "It is in the light of this I have mandated the panel".

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