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Army cracks whip on ill-disciplined officers

08 February 2016, 10:00Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Army has threatened to take action against members found guilty of human rights violations during the drive to rid the country of terrorism.

Those that would be found guilty of laxity in the recent terror attacks by the Boko Haram will also be punished.

"The recent unfortunate attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on communities close to Maiduguri, despite our successes calls for concern," said Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, Acting Director of Army Public Relations.

"To this end the Nigerian Army has already commenced investigation into the attacks. All those found wanting will be dealt with in accordance with the Armed Forces Act."

Usman pointed out the Army had a lready established a standing Special Court Martial in the North East.

Also Read: Army probes recent Boko Haram attacks

"All cases of indiscipline and related acts of misconduct including human rights abuse in the operations will be tried by the this Special Court Martial."

Usman meanwhile  dismissed speculation the Defence Headquarters had taken over the Operation Lafiya Dole.

It has been reported, especially on online media, soldiers were unhappy about the Defence reportedly assuming the operation aimed at ridding the country of insurgency.

"This is quite unfortunate and figment of imaginations of the respective media which was aimed at distracting the military, create rancour and disaffection among the components fighting Boko Haram terrorists," said Usman.

?The public has hereby been requested to disregard the reports and continue supporting the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

- CAJ News


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