Army set up board of inquiry on human rights abuses
By Ronald Mutum | Publish Date: Mar 8 2017 3:13PM
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai on Wednesday inaugurated a Special Board of Inquiry on allegations of Human Rights leveled against some personnel of the Nigerian Army.
Buratai whilst inaugurating the Board at the Army Headquarters in Abuja said the constitution of the Board is in line with the provision of Section 172(1) of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
He noted that some persons and organizations have expressed concerns and alleged cases of misconduct and abuses by some army personnel, especially in the early days of the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations.
He said: “Notably, the Amnesty International reports, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) other groups and individuals have made allegations of Human Rights violations of arrested Boko Haram Terrorists against some of our senior commanders.”
He said based on these allegations some of the senior officers are already suffering discriminations in some quarters.
He said the allegations range from extra-judicial executions, arbitrary arrests, detentions, torture and enforced disappearance of suspected Boko Haram Terrorists.
He noted that: “These allegations are not good for civil-military relations and are capable of demoralizing Nigerian Army personnel in the performance of their constitutional roles.”
He added that: “It is expedient to thoroughly and impartially investigate these allegations in order to find out the facts of the matter to enable relevant authorities take appropriate actions.”
He said the Board is set up to investigate the matter and establish the true situation of the whole allegations, adding that allegations that have been investigated by State Governments or the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) should not be revisited.
He said the Board membership was carefully selected from both retired and serving personnel, including civilians to allow different perspectives in the investigation.
The President of the Board, Major General A.T Jibrin (rtd), promised that the Board would be unbiased and objective as it carries out the investigation.
Other members include: Brigadier General Dadan Garba (rtd), Brigadier General Abdulqadir Gumi (rtd), Brigadier General O.L Olayinka, Colonel L.B Mohammed, Colonel U.M Wambai, Olawole Fapohunda (NHRC) and Lieutenant Colonel C.M Akaliro (Secretary).