- Nigerian Army has constituted five military courts that will look into the allegation of human right abuses against soldiers
- The chief of Nigerian Army staff, Tukur Buratai, made this known when he reacting to Amnesty International's criticism of the force operation
- The force also said it is committed to educating and enlightening members of the public on the true situation of soldiers welfare
Chief of Army staff, Tukur Buratai, said that the Nigerian Army has constituted five military courts that will look into the allegation of human right abuses and other acts of indiscipline and misconduct leveled against some soldiers.
The Punch reports that Buratai, who was in Borno state on a visit to soldiers involved in counter terrorism operation, said the military courts were situated at operation Lafiya Dole, 2 division, 81 division, 82 division and the Army headquarters garrison, Abuja.
Legit.ng gathers that the Nigerian Army boss said the force will not tamper justice with leniency as regards issues bordering on human right violation.
Speaking on the how the force will deal with soldiers found culpable of human right abuse, the army boss added: “I have ordered the constitution of a general court-martial to try various acts of indiscipline and other offenses at the Operation Lafiya Dole, 2 division, 81 division, 82 division and the Nigerian Army headquarters garrison.”
“The Nigerian Army, like every other human system or institution, is not, and cannot be perfect. Indeed, there were instances of observed gaps. We have improved on our military justice system and do not spare any officer or soldier found culpable of human rights abuses and other offences"
Commenting on the report by Amnesty International that soldiers involved in the counter terrorism operation are denied necessary equipment, salaries and allowances, Buratai denied the criticism as spurious lies, adding that AI is bent on creating tension in the country.
Buratai said: “Most of the security problems we are having in this country are associated with misinformation. Therefore, we have a great task of educating and enlightening members of the public on the true situation.
''It does not augur well for national security and troops’ morale when the military is portrayed as weak and corrupt, not trusted or respected as was the case with the recent unfortunate attacks on our locations and the lopsided reports on them.
“The war against terrorism and insurgency needs to be viewed and reported as it is: a war between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and terrorists and criminals, not the Nigerian Army versus the Boko Haram insurgents.
Speaking further, the military boss added: ''In the Nigerian Army, nobody tampers with the pay and allowances of any officer or soldier.
''And wherever there are proven cases of deviation from our rules of engagement or laws, the appropriate disciplinary measures were always taken against such erring personnel.
''It is, therefore, preposterous for non-governmental organisations, such as the Amnesty International, to consistently undermine our reputation and demoralise our troops through consistent and unfounded allegations of human rights abuses.
“The organisation, no doubt, cannot do what it is doing in Nigeria in many other sovereign countries. There are many instances of unprofessional conduct by the staff of the AI in Nigeria. Its collaboration with the Islamic Movement in Nigeria is an example.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian Army on Tuesday, December 18, pulled out two major generals and three brigadier generals out of service at the Nigerian Army medical corps in Lagos.
The generals that were pulled out are Major General Abimbola Amusu, Maj Gen Patrick Falola, Brig Gen Folorunsho Jegede, Brig Gen Akinyode and Brig Gen Robbinson.
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