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Army pledges commitment to uphold human rights

30 November 2015, 15:00

Abuja - The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) respects and upholds human rights in the fight against terrorism and insurgency, Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has said.

He made the remarks in Maiduguri, Borno State where he pointed out AFN was established by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and therefore guided by laws in all its affairs.

"The Nigerian Army takes human rights issue very seriously and trains its personnel both locally and abroad on the issues," Buratai said at the Nigerian Bar Association's Workshop on "Human Rights in Times of Conflict" in Maimalari Cantonment.

Also read: Army warn against acts threatening unity of Nigeria

He said the Army had partnered National Human Rights Commission and International Committee of the Red Cross who visited its detention facilities on a regular basis.

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Augustine Alegbe, at the workshop in Maiduguri, lauded the military's counter-insurgency efforts in the Northeast.

There have been reports by human rights groups the armed forces were violating the rights of civilians during campaigns against the Boko Haram sect. 

- CAJ News


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