Osinbajo inaugurates probe into alleged rights abuses by armed forces

Osinbajo inaugurates probe into alleged rights abuses by armed forces

Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday at the State House in Abuja, formally inaugurated a presidential panel to investigate allegations of human rights abuses against the armed forces.

The panel headed by Justice Biobele A. Georgewill of the Court of Appeal, has as members, Major-General Patrick Akem, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim, Mr. Jibrin Ibrahim, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama and a representative of the office of the National Security Adviser.

It is to review extant rules of engagement applicable to the armed forces and the extent of compliance thereto, to investigate alleged acts of violation of international humanitarian and human rights law under the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended, the Geneva Convention Act, the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Ratification and Enforcement Act and other relevant laws by the armed forces in local conflicts and insurgencies.

The panel is also mandated to investigate matters of conducts and discipline in the armed forces in local conflicts and insurgencies, recommend means of preventing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations and  make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as may be deemed necessary.

Osinbajo said the government considered the respect for Nigerians’ lives a constitutional and moral duty, adding; “This is why it is incumbent upon us even as we maintain security, especially in conflict situations to interrogate, as we go along on a regular basis, alleged crimes and human rights abuses by all sides in these conflicts and insurgencies.”

Noting that the conduct of the nation’s defence and security forces during the insurgency in the northeast and militancy in the Niger Delta had recently attracted significant commendation,  he said virtually all of the territory hitherto under the control of Boko Haram had now been recovered by security forces.

aljazirah adverts


follow us on twitter @aljazirahnewsng
Like us on Facebook @aljazirahnewsng

Share This:

Related Posts

Buhari’s Arrival: Police mounts ‘Presidential guard of... The Nigerian Police has mounted the Presidential Guard of Honour at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. This is towards the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari from his medical vacation in London   ...
EFCC to relocate office, overhauls security nationwide Following a dawn attack, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) has decided to relocate its annex office handling sensitive cases. Also, while the Nigeria Police Force intensified its investigation of the attack, the anti-graft agency was fingering high-profile suspects. But the...
REVEALED: Shocking details of Diezani Madueke’s proper... By Shade Olaoye, Abuja The story and follow up on Diezani Alison Madueke is no news, it appears that with each day that passes, a new looting revelation awaits us. The Rivers state born was appointed the Minister of Transportation in 2007, and Minister of petroleum in 2010. Perhaps, one might ...
Man in court for impersonating Oba of Lagos A 34-year old man, Ayodeji Babalola, on Friday appeared in Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly impersonating as the Oba of Lagos. The accused, whose address is unknown, is facing a four-count charge, bordering on false representation, stealing, fraudulently obtaining money and in...
SERAP seeks more protection for EFCC officials Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the acting President Pro. Yemi Osinbajo to order the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, to lead the investigation of Wednesday’s attack by gunmen on the headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commissi...
Boko Haram’s original intention was not to Abduct Us – Chibo... More information around the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014 has emerged through secret dairies kept by the girls. One of the authors of the dairies, Naomi Adamu wrote that the insurgents had come to the school on that night in April...
Ex-acting CJN, Obaseki buried in Benin The remains of a former acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Andrews Obaseki, have been laid to rest in Benin, the Edo State capital. The late Obaseki, who was an uncle to the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, died on July 13 at the age of 91. He was buried close to the grave of his la...
Osun govt declares Monday work free to celebrate ‘Ises... The Government of Osun has declared Monday, Aug. 21 work free day to commemorate ‘Isese Day’ the annual festival of adherents of traditional religion in the state. A statement issued by Mr Adelani Baderinwa, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, said that government declared the holiday ...
Asari Dokubo reveals name of Buhari’s ailment, says he will ... Former militant leader, Asari Dokubo, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari. will never be well again. He said that this is the reason no doctor has been able to diagnose his ailment. Asari said the hands of God is on Buhari just as they were on Pharoah. Asari also said the name of the d...
Osinbajo attends President Kagame’s inauguration in Rwanda The inauguration is expected to be witnessed by several African Heads of State and Government, following President Kagame’s victory in the country’s Presidential election on August 4. Prof. Osinbajo is accompanied on the trip by the Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama and is expected back i...
“Nigeria may sink if attacks on IPOB members continue&... Two Igbo groups, the Igbo Peoples Congress, and the Igbo Aborigines, have warned the Nigerian Army and security agents to stop killing pro-Biafran agitators, who are not  armed or obstructing public peace. The warning came on the heels of recent shootings and killings of some pro-Biafran member...
Buhari’s health has improved tremendously – Dogara Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s health has improved tremendously. The Speaker and the President of Senate Dr. Bukola Saraki visited the President at Abuja House in London on Thursday. It will be recalled that President Buhari ...
IS claims responsibility for terror attack in Barcelona “Soldiers” of the Islamic State group carried out a deadly van attack in Barcelona on Thursday, the jihadist organisation’s propaganda outlet Amaq said. “The executors of the Barcelona attack were soldiers of the Islamic State,” Amaq said on its Telegram messenger account, without naming those it...