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.

Nigerian Online Newspaper=


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

Share This:

Related Posts

NGO Laments N6.5M Debt Owed By Bauchi Women Groups BY ALHASSAN MUHAMMAD BAUCHI Over   six million  naira debt   is hovering   over   women   groups  that benefitted from poverty empowerment scheme of Women Empowerment Initiative(WEIN) based in Bauchi. WEIN programme coordinator, Mrs. Hajara Phisagih who disclosed this during the annual gene...
Dogara Assures Work On Road linking North East To Abuja The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Saturday said that work will soon commence on a road which will link the North East region to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Dogara made this public when he visited the the Gangwari Ganye, Alhaji Adamu Sanda, at his palace in Gan...
Bauchi: 3 More LGAs To Attain Open Defecation Free Status By... BY ALHASSAN MUHAMMAD, BAUCHI Bauchi state government says three additional local governments are to attain open defecation free status before the end of the first quarter of this year in line with its determination to replicate the feat Dass Local Council achieved two years ago. The Permane...
Middle age man burnt to dead for snatching phone in Cross Ri... By Edem Umoh, Calabar A middle age man suspected to be a phone thief was burnt to death at Goldie Street, along the University of Calabar (UNICAL) axis by Eastern Highway in Calabar South Local Government area of Cross River State. The incident according to an eyewitness, Fidelis Ekpeyong o...
Anxiety As Armed Cultists Takeover A’Ibom Communities INIOBONG SUNDAY, Uyo   For the people of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun Local Government Areas of Akwa Ibom State, life has become meaningless in strange places they have relocated following siege in their communities by armed hoodlums suspected to be cultists. For over two years, residents in the troubl...
ISIS plans to attack South Africa – UK Britain has warned of possible attacks by the Islamic State (IS) on foreigners in South Africa, following the kidnap of two British nationals in a small town there. Britain’s Foreign Office (FCO) disclosed on its website that the main threat was from ISIS. In an email to Reuters, the FCO said:...
EFCC ‘investigates APC’s National Working Committee’ Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) may have begun beaming its searchlight on how the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has been spending party funds.The move comes barely four days to the National Executive Committee ...
PDP, Fayose berate FG on Yobe abduction The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, criticised the Federal Government for “misleading Nigerians” with information suggesting security operatives had rescued some of the schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram in Yobe State. The terrorist group had attacked Government Girls Secondary School ...
Kogi gov in another voter registration controversy Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has triggered a fresh controversy about his status as a registered voter when he obtained a Temporary Voter Card (TVC) at his Okene Ward. The Director-General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, confirmed this in a statement he issued and circulated ...
Benue To Host First African Food Festival In Nigeria By Abraham Uwuasom, Makurdi Benue State under the leadership of Governor Samuel Ortom is billed to host the first African Food Festival in Nigeria. The disclosure was made during a courtesy call on the Governor by organisers of the African Food Festival led by Ambassador David Ibrahim. Gove...
Kwara Assembly Bans Sale, Consumption Of Alcohol Kwara State House of Assembly has passed a bill for a law expanding areas where the manufacturing, sales and consumption of liquor are prohibited in the capital, Ilorin. The passage of the bill followed the consideration of the report on the bill by the House on Wednesday reports Premium Times. ...
Shagari Hail Saraki, Dogara For Passage of NILDS Bill By Ali Maha, Abuja The Chairman House committee  on Judiciary Hon Aminu Shehu Shagari and the Director General  National Instute for Legislative and Democratic  Studies (NILDS) today held a media conference  to intimate and highlight  NILS expanded mandate which culminated from the National Insti...
Delta Assembly Seeks Relief Materials For Ogbe-Udu Storm Vic... By Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba  As a matter of urgent public importance, the Delta state House of Assembly (DTHA) has called on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to direct the Commissioner, Bureau for Special Duties, the State Emergenct Management Agency (SEMA) and other relevant agencies to provide relief mater...