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
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.
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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