Abuja - The Army has explained the
reinstatement of Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who was implicated in human
He is said to have perpetrated these while serving as the
General Officer Commanding 7 Division.
Acting Director of Army Public Relations Colonel Sani
Kukasheka Usman, the compulsory retirement of Major General Mohammed was
premature and arbitrary and it did not follow due process.
Usman said the senior officer was never charged, tried,
or found guilty of any offence that justified his premature retirement.
It thus defended the appointment despite criticism from
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Such groups include Amnesty International.
“Although, it is not an aberration for the international
human rights body to raise such an observation, however, it did not take into
cognizance of the circumstances leading to his illegal retirement and the legal
procedure that was followed in his reinstatement," Usman said.
He said the Nigerian Army would appreciate it more if
Amnesty International provided records and evidences directly indicting
Mohammed in human rights abuse to enable the Army act on it.
Usman assured Amnesty International that the Nigerian
Army respects human rights and was ready to partner with the organisation in
promoting human rights protection and development.
Amnesty has documented alleged human rights
violations by the Army in its operations to eliminated Boko Haram.
- CAJ News