Osinbajo inaugurates a seven-member Judicial Commission on alleged military abuse

Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo inaugurates a seven-member Judicial Commission on alleged military abuse

The panel inaugurated on Friday was set-up to "review compliance of Nigerian Military with Human Rights obligations", according to the Presidency.

The Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo on Friday on Friday inaugurated a seven-member Judicial Commission to review the compliance of the Nigerian Armed Forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, especially in local conflict and insurgency situations.

The Amnesty International's 2016 reports on Nigeria allegedd that 240 people, including infants, died in military detention camps in the North East while 177 pro-Biafran agitators were allegedly extra-judicially killed in the same year.

"There have been a series of allegations levelled against security forces by some local and worldwide commentators and it is our belief that if left unaddressed these allegations are capable of undermining the good work and efforts of the men and women of the armed forces who have largely conducted themselves in a disciplined and professional manner". If left unaddressed, these allegations are capable of undermining the good work of the Armed Forces who have largely conducted themselves in a disciplined & professional manner.

"I would like to use this opportunity to assure the Armed Forces and all of our uniformed forces, that exercises such as this should be regular and would be regular, and must not be seen as a witch hunt and in any way to denigrate the very great work that the Armed Forces and uniformed forces are doing all over the country".

Its terms of reference are to review extant rules of engagement applicable to the Armed Forces and the extent of compliance thereto; to investigate alleged acts of violation of worldwide humanitarian and human rights law under the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended, the Geneva Conventions Act, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, Ratification and Enforcement Act and other relevant laws by the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies. Jibrin Ibrahim;†Mr. Abba A. Ibrahim; Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama; Dr. Fatima Alkali, who will serve as Counsel to the panel; and Mr. S. Halliru, as Secretary.

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"To investigate alleged act of violation of worldwide humanitarian and human rights law under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended; the Geneva Convention Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, Ratification and Enforcement Act and other relevant laws by the Armed Forces in local conflict and insurgencies".

" Four, to make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as may be deemed necessary".

While charging members of the panel to discharge their duties diligently, impartially and with all sense of professionalism, he urged them to also collect information about the conditions of service of the armed forces or any other factors that might have hindered the optimal performance.

Responding on behalf of other members of the panel the Chairman, Justice Biobele Georgewill assured they will put in their best in order to uphold the confidence reposed on them by the government.

The Panel also has a secretary from the Office of the SGF.

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