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

Evrard Martin
Août 13, 2017

The statement reads, "It is the responsibility of all of us in govt to ensure that we interrogate our own activities&ensure they meet up with Human Right norms & basic rules of decency observed across the world".

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 Acting President explained that the series of allegations levelled against the security agencies in the course of duty necessitated the setting up of the panel.

He however noted that the tactic of asymmetrical warfare being used by insurgents pose a challenge for the military, resulting in allegations that some soldiers have at certain times committed abuses.

"There have been a series of allegations levied against security forces by local & global commentators".

For the Federal government, Osinbajo asserted that respect for the lives of Nigerian citizens is not just a constitutional but also a moral duty.

Todayís occasion is a continuation of the efforts of this administration geared towards attaining its goal. "You may recall that in June, 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the military to conduct an internal inquiry into allegations of rights abuses by its personnel".

Members of the commission include Major-General Patrick Akem, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim and Mr. Jibrin Ibrahim.

"To investigate alleged act of violation of worldwide 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".

The members of the Panel are Hon.

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. Others are Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama and a representative of the office of the National Security Adviser. Gen. Babagana Mongunu (rtd); Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Hajia Habiba Lawal; Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin;†and other senior government officials.

Osinbajo's descion to set-up these panels may not be unconnected to reports by worldwide human rights group accusing the country's military of rights abuse in several operations.

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