Yemi Osinbajo Inaugurates Presidential Panel To Investigate Allegations Of Human Rights Abuse

Human rights abuse: FG, Armed Forces must be conform to international best practices – Osinbajo

Human rights abuse: FG, Armed Forces must be conform to international best practices – Osinbajo

The panel inaugurated on Friday was set-up to "review compliance of Nigerian Military with Human Rights obligations", according to the Presidency.

Nigeria's Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has inaugurated the presidential panel of investigation to review compliance of the armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement.

Nonetheless, there are series of allegations levelled against security forces by some local and worldwide commentators capable of undermining the good works and efforts of the men and women of the armed forces, who have largely conducted themselves in a disciplined and professional manner, î†he stated.

The acting president said all the allegations being levelled against the armed forces and other security agencies must not go unaddressed so as to safeguard the good image of Nigeria.

"And if history has taught us anything, it is that the failure of our justice system to adequately respond to crisis is usually a recipe for greater conflict.", he said.

"To investigate alleged act of violation of global humanitarian and human rights law under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended; the Geneva Convention Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, Ratification and Enforcement Act and other relevant laws by the Armed Forces in local conflict and insurgencies".

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.

He further noted that the sterling qualifications of members of the Panel under the capable leadership of the Honourable Justice Biobele Georgewill, Justice of the Court of Appeal, is a strong indication of the quality of work that we expect of them.

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.

Buratai noted that in spite of the success recorded by troops in the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the North East, some individuals and organisations had expressed concerns.

He said: ìThis is why it is incumbent upon us, even as we maintain security, especially in conflict situations, to interrogate alleged crimes and human rights abuses by all sides of this conflicts and insurgencies.

Prof. Osinbajo challenged members of the 9-man panel headed by justice Biobele Georgewill to ensure that its mandate is adhered to.

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