DISMISSED SOLDIERS STORM NHRC

Posted: 2017-02-03

Over a hundred people who described to themselves as dismissed soldiers storm the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in the early hours of Thursday, February 2, 2017 protesting their dismissal from the Nigerian Army.>br> Though reasons for their disengagement from the Army was not clearly stated, the spokesperson of the group Mr. Mike Uchenna Nwabusi lamented that their families have deserted them because they could no longer fend for them.

The group therefore urged the Commission to take their plea to the relevant authorities so that they could be re-absorbed into any form of work in the society, to enable them meet up with the basic necessities of life.

He added that they have been trained with tax payers money to carry the gun in defense of their country, therefore the only job they know is to carry the gun and they cannot carry guns to look for food.

The spokesperson further stated that ..."over three thousand of us have served in different capacities in different units across the country between 6 months and twenty years and we have all been dismissed"..., he added that it is better for us to look for jobs elsewhere as retired soldiers than to look for jobs as dismissed soldiers.

Responding the Ag. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah assured the group that the Commission will assiduously address the issue following its standing order and role of procedure.

She further advised them to properly document their complaint and formally submit to the Commission while directing the Director of Protection and Investigation and the Director of Monitoring Department to immediately take up the matter as soon as the complaint is registered.

While applauding the group for not taking laws into their hands, Mrs. Ovrawah expressed the Commission's confidence in handling the matter with lot of ease considering the existing mutual relations between the Commission and the Military.


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