The Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, has inaugurated a team to monitor and report cases of human rights violation by security agents across the country.
The NBA President, Augustine Alegeh, SAN disclosed this at a workshop on human rights titled “Human rights in times of conflict” held at the Youths Center of 7 Division Nigerian Army Maimalari Barrack, Maiduguri.
He said the inauguration of the monitoring team was part of the measures adopted by the human rights and legal stakeholders to improve human rights protection and also to check human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Alegeh added that this will give Nigerians the opportunity of reporting cases of gross Human rights violations directly to the hierarchy of the security agencies.
The President said the measure was also part of the partnership required to improve the image of the armed forces as it relates to human rights issues and abuses in times of war or conflict like the Boko Haram counter insurgency operations.
He further commended the Army’s professionalism in the ongoing counter insurgency operations in the North East.
The Chief of Army Staff, Minister of justice and the Nigeria Bar Association, said the discourse is a clear testimony that the workshop is going to yield a positive result.
“Our goal today was to ensure that human right forms part of the integral operation, engagement and insurgency and terrorism operation in the Army.
In his remarks, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, restated the Military’s commitment to respect for human rights in its operations.
He said that the army would always discharge its duties professionally and responsively in line with his vision, affirming that no personnel would be involved in human rights abuses while carrying out assigned tasks.
The COAS explained that the Army had taken steps toward prosecuting officers and soldiers involved in human right abuses in any part of the country.
“Since I came on board there has been no place for human right violators in the Army. The Nigeria Army is established by the
constitution, therefore, all aspects of human rights will continue to be respected as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army had strictly adhered to promoting the rule of law, in accordance with all procedures in the course of its operations”, Buratai said..
The COAS noted also that the war on terror was a collective responsibility and urged all Nigerians and stakeholders to work towards ending the insurgency.
“We have a task and this task must be accomplished,” Burutai added.
On his part, Alhaji Abubakar Malami, The Minister of Justice, reiterated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment toward supporting the Army in ensuring protection of lives and properties of the citizens.
Malami said “ the president was equally committed to achieving the positive balance between the NBA and the Army toward achieving the desired success against terrorism and sustainable human right,”
He further commended the Nigeria Army in it continuous success in the fight against terrorism, noting that the workshop was attended by Senior Army officers, lawyers and some members of the Borno state executive council.

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