NHRC RECEIVES MEMBERS OF BOARD OF INQUIRY INTO ALLEGATIONS OF RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY NIGERIAN MILITARY

Posted: 2017-04-21


The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in realization of the need to facilitate Civil Military dialogue engaged the Civil Society Organizations to promote transparency in the operations of the Nigerian Military, the Acting Executive Secretary, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah has said.

The Acting Executive Secretary of the Commission who was represented by the Director of Monitoring, Mr. Tony Ojukwu stated this when Members of Board of Inquiry into allegations of human rights abuses leveled against the Nigerian Military led by its Chairman, Major Gen. A.T. Jibrin Rtd visited the Commission on a fact finding mission.

The Amnesty International and some other groups have at different occasions alleged that the Nigerian Military was involved in extra-judicial killings and other human rights violations in the course of their operations particularly in the North East as well as some other parts of the country.

These allegations led to the setting up of the Board of Inquiry by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai to investigate these allegations and turn in their report to the Military authorities for further necessary actions in order to reinforce the confidence reposed in the military by the public.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Board of Inquiry, Major General Jibrin said that they have a broad base board that would openly carry out its investigations to ascertain the veracity or otherwise of the allegations of human rights violations leveled against the Military.

He however, disclosed that his board does not have the powers to punish any Military personnel found wanting of the alleged human rights violations but would rather submit their report to the Military authorities for the necessary actions.

In conclusion, he assured Nigerian that they would also get information from the Amnesty International, one of the organizations that leveled allegations of human rights violations against the Military, in the course of their investigation.


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