Nigerian Army holds respect for human rights in high esteem, says Commander

Maiduguri, March 7, 2017(TNE): The Nigerian Army fighting insurgency in the north east holds respect for human rights in high esteem, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor has said.

Irabor spoke in Maiduguri when he received the representative of the Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu.

According to a statement from Irabor’s office, ”compliance with human rights and other laws of conflict have been brought into the mainstream of training in the Nigerian Army”.

The Theatre commander further stated that the provisions of the Operation’s Code of Conduct and Rules of Engagement  were testimonials to the professional and positive disposition of the  Command and its troops to human rights and international humanitarian laws in the conduct of the war against terrorism and insurgency.

Irabor explained that the army had also established human rights desk at its headquarters as well as the divisional headquarters, in addition to distributing copies of the code to the troops.
He wondered why the military should now be perceived as violating rights in some quarters, promising that the command would partner with the commission to enhance human rights practices.
He assured the commission of the command’s willingness to partner with it in promoting human rights accountability in the theatre of operation.

Responding, Ojukwu stated that the commission was happy to note that the army was conscious of the need to carry out the counter-insurgency operation with utmost respect for human rights, according to the statement. (TNE)

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