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Osinbajo Sets Up Judicial Commission To Probe Human Rights Abuses By Nigerian Military

By: Adenosine (M) |Time : August 04, 2017, 10:08:41 PM


After several months of dithering, the Nigerian government has finally set up a commission to investigate alleged rights abuses by the military.

Despite reports by local and international groups and media accusing the military of rights abuse in several operations, the government had largely left the military to investigate itself and thus clear itself of the allegations.

On Friday, however, the presidency released a statement announcing the establishment of a judicial commission of enquiry.

“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has appointed a 7-man Judicial Commission, headed by Justice Biobele A. Georgewill, of the Court of Appeal, to review compliance of the Nigerian Armed Forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, especially in local conflict and insurgency situations,” a statement by Mr. Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said.

Some of the allegations that have been levelled against the military by groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, as well as several PREMIUM TIMES investigations, include extra-judicial killing of over 300 Shiite protesters in Kaduna in 2015, the extra-judicial killing of dozens of pro-Biafra protesters in the South-east, and that of suspected Boko Haram members in the North-east.

The military has always maintained it did nothing wrong and recently set up its own panel which cleared it of any wrongdoing.

In his statement on Friday, Mr. Akande said the presidential committee “is empowered to review extant rules of engagement applicable in the Nigerian Armed Forces, and the extent of compliance thereto.”

“It is also empowered to investigate alleged acts of violation, (by Nigerian security agencies) of international humanitarian and human rights law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws,” he said.

Mr. Akande added that the “the commission equally has a mandate to investigate factors that might be militating against a speedy resolution of local conflicts and insurgencies and also advise on means of preventing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations.”

He listed members of the judicial commission to include Mr. Georgewill as Chairman; and Patrick Akem, a major general, as member.

Other members are Wale Fapohunda, Hauwa Ibrahim, Jibrin Ibrahim, Ifeoma Nwakama, and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

“The Commission is expected to commence work immediately and submit its report within 90 days,” Mr. Akande said.

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Re: Osinbajo Sets Up Judicial Commission To Probe Human Rights Abuses By Nigerian Military

By: Gideon |Time : August 04, 2017, 11:32:20 PM
I support the setting up of a commission to investigate the wrong acts of the military... It will help the military authorities to always be careful whenever they interact with civilians and not to engage in actions that will bring the military shame...

Re: Osinbajo Sets Up Judicial Commission To Probe Human Rights Abuses By Nigerian Military

By: dayan (M) |Time : August 05, 2017, 05:18:51 AM
I support the setting up of a commission to investigate the wrong acts of the military... It will help the military authorities to always be careful whenever they interact with civilians and not to engage in actions that will bring the military shame...

No, Gideon, this is not just about the military.
This includes other security agencies that engage in extra-judicial activities including killings and tortures.

See below quote:

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It is also empowered to investigate alleged acts of violation, (by Nigerian security agencies) of international humanitarian and human rights law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws,” he said.

Therefore agencies like the DSS and the rest are to receive the same investigations.
Persons found to have been involved in these acts will face the full wrath of the law (both Nigerian and international law), and they will face it personally because nobody (their commanders for example) would admit that they commanded them to do these crimes in the name of the law.
Murderers among them will be convicted and hanged.
The world will not tolerate these types of behaviors today even from dark corners of Africa.
Any personnel who cannot function within the bounds of Nigerian law, African Charter, and Geneva Convention, should leave the service and pray that his crimes never get found.
I thank God almighty for the international agencies that are holding people accountable, else Nigeria would have become a dark ages cesspit.

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