Renames special task force in Jos
Defence headquarters Abuja has warned global rights group, Amnesty International, AI, to stop blackmailing the Nigerian military over alleged human rights violation in its war against Boko Haram, in North-East region.
Consequently, the DHQ described as false a report credited to an official of Amnesty International that military personnel are involved in gross violation of human rights and torture in the war zone area.
According to a statement by the acting attention of the Defence Information, the military high command’s attention has been drawn to a report credited to an official of Amnesty International, that military personnel are involved in gross violation of human rights and torture in the North East.
Part of Col. Abubakar’s statement reads, “It is pertinent to state here that the allegations has been convincingly refuted and proven to be an orchestrated conspiracy against the Nigerian Armed Forces.
“The DHQ also wishes to once again remind the Nigerian public and the international community that the Nigerian military is a professional organisation with track records of achievements in peacekeeping operations and therefore shares no comparison with rag-tag band of terrorists whatsoever.
“The military is constitutionally empowered to secure Nigeria from any form of insecurity. It is therefore unfair for Amnesty International and any other group to accuse the Nigerian military of human rights abuse based on cropped images used by the country’s enemies and detractors to achieve their purpose.
“The Nigerian military under the new dawn will never humiliate or harass any law-abiding citizen, and would remain focused to end terrorism soon.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters has renamed the Special Task Force, STF operating in Plateau State as “Operation Safe Haven”.
A statement by the Acting Director Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, the arrangement is in line with the mission and vision of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin.
Col. Abubakar said the reform is geared towards giving the security operation in the state more bite for better performance.
part of the statement reads, “With this vigour and determination, it is hoped that the incessant killings in the area as a result of ethnic clashes would be contained by the troops of the reinvigorated Operation Safe Haven in line with its Rules of Engagement.
“The DHQ wishes to assure innocent citizens of protection of their lives and property and urge the communities to live in peace and report any case inimical to the breaking down of law and order to the security agencies for prompt action as nobody is above the law.