Amid concerns over alleged human rights violation by the Nigerian military, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has set up a judicial commission to review the Armed Forces’ compliance with human rights obligations.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media Publicity to the Acting President, Mr Laolu Akande, said the commission is empowered to review extant rules of engagement applicable in the Nigerian Armed Forces, and the extent of compliance.
“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,” the statement said.
“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.”
The seven-man commission, which is chaired by Hon. Justice Biobele A. Georgewill, is expected to commence work immediately and submit its report within 90 days.
Members of the commission include Major-General Patrick Akem; Mr Wale Fapohunda; Mrs Hauwa Ibrahim; and Mr Jibrin Ibrahim.
Others are Mrs Ifeoma Nwakama and a Representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.
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