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Army defends re-engaging alleged rights violator

02 February 2016, 06:50

Abuja - The Army has explained the reinstatement of Major General Ahmadu Mohammed, who was implicated in human rights abuses.

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 rights groups.

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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


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