Acting President Osinbajo Inaugurates Investigation Panel

Oceane Deschanel
Agosto 13, 2017

Osinbajo spoke yesterday while inaugurating a presidential investigation panel to review compliance of Armed Forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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. 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. It is that failure of our justice system to adequately respond to crisis that is usually a recipe for greater conflict.

The panel was launched review the compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights obligations and Rules of Engagement, a fall out of allegations leveled against the military that it has often committed human rights abuses while prosecuting the war against Boko Haram.

"To investigate alleged acts of violation of worldwide humanitarian and human rights laws under the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended; the Geneva Convention 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".

"To make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as it deemed necessary".

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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. "It is in the light of this I have mandated the panel".

Members of the panel include Patrick Akem a retired major-general, Chief of Logistics, and commander of the United Nations forces in Somalia; Olawale Fapohunda, a former Attorney-General of Ekiti State; and Jibrin Ibrahim, a professor, civil society leader and noted academic.

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

According to him, this is why it is incumbent upon the government even as they maintain security especially in conflict situations to interrogate, as they go along on a regular basis, alleged crimes and human rights abuses by all sides in these conflicts and insurgencies.

The commission is headed by Justice Biobele Georgewill of the Port Harcourt division of the Court of Appeal.

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