It was reported that, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has assured members of the public, as well as the local and international human rights bodies that the Nigerian Army (NA) under his leadership will investigate all cases of human rights complaints brought before it.
Buratai who was represented by the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs (CCMA) Major General Rogers Nicholas, at the Commissioning of the Army Human Right Desk said that the event marks another important day in the history of Nigerian Army by establishing the human rights office.
He noted that the establishment of the Desk office was borne out of the increasing interest of the local and international human rights bodies on what we are doing in the North East and other parts of the country.
The Army Chief also noted that the NA are trying to open up the system close the gap with the civil populace, human rights bodies and civil society organisations.
He said: “The concept note for the efforts of the Human Rights office in the Army Headquarters (AHQ) has as a result of increasing interest of local and international Human Rights organisations and institutions in the Nigerian Army human relations footprints but specifically in areas of our operations in North East.
“The nature of inquiries and commentaries from these institutions requires a response of professional and specialised in nature by the NA. What we are witnessing today has been facilitated by the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).”
Speaking further, Buratai listed the functions of the newly established human rights desk under the supervision of the CCMA and as well as inputs from the Provost Marshal’s office to include receiving documents, investigate complaints from individuals, organisations and institution on rights violation involving NA personnels.
“They are also to make their findings to the COAS on human rights complaints in the country; produce annual reports; review, update existing training manual; facilitate participation of NA officers in local/international training programme,” he said.