In apparent response to reported cases of human rights abuses by the Nigerian troops, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has warned troops against violating human rights during operations in and outside the country.
Addressing officers and soldiers at the headquarters of 82 Division of Nigeria Army in Enugu on Friday, Burutai charged troops involved in internal security operations to confine themselves to the provision of the law at all times.
The Chief of Army Staff warned that any personnel found wanting would not be spared but would face the wrath of the law in accordance with the relevant military and civil laws.
“Our rules of engagement during security operations touch on the observation of human rights at all times. You must behave professionally, protect lives and uphold the dignity of humans during all your operations.
“If you apply all the rules of engagement and still have cause to open fire as a last resort, then you will be protected by the Constitution.
“We will however not tolerate or protect anyone who in the course of any operation violates such provisions of the constitution’’; he said and assured officers and soldiers of the commitment of government to improve infrastructure in the barracks.
He announced that steps have been taken to improve the standard of educational and health facilities in the barracks nationwide and also enjoined personnel of the division to sustain the efforts that had ensured peace and security of lives and property in states under it.

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