Insecurity: Report lauds army on human rights, rescue of abductees

Insecurity: Report lauds army on human rights, rescue of abductees

- The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency on Wednesday, December 23, commended the Nigerian army

- CESJET said troops of the Nigerian army have always exhibited some level of professionalism

- According to the group, the army troops are committed to securing the lives and property of Nigerians

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A new report by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has applauded the Nigerian army over the release of the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in Katsina state.

The group said the army showcased a high level of human rights compliance in carrying out its responsibility of securing the lives of the schoolboys abducted by some criminals.

In the report signed by the special rapporteur, Dr Abubakar Gana, and seen by, CESJET said the army troops also improved in professionalism, commitment and proactiveness in their line of duty.

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Gana said to consolidate the gains of the coming year, troops should be encouraged to cultivate a more robust relationship with the media community.

He said such a good relationship with the media would ensure prominence is not given to the propaganda of terrorist and militant groups in the country. 

The centre also urged the army to imbibe the habit of controlling the narrative in the public space to keep the populace abreast of its operations and the motives behind its involvement in internal security operations in the country. 

Gana said:

"In the year 2020, cases of human rights violations by the Nigerian Armed Forces were at its lowest ebb compared to previous years that recorded high human rights violations cases."
"This was achieved through the provision of credible leadership provided by the hierarchy of the Nigerian Armed Forces in the conduct of officers and soldiers in the line of duty."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a recent report by ABC News has said alleged fears among residents of the northern part of Nigeria following the kidnap and release of the students of GSSS Kankara.

The report said that although parents have reunited with their children, fear still lingers among them in the region.

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Also, the European Union Human Rights Forum (EUHRF) commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his swift response to the abduction of the boys and the effort made by the government to secure their release.

The forum's rapporteur for Lake Chad, West Africa, Joseph Cullen, said the release of the schoolboys is a deserving relief.

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