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Don, rights group cost Military on respect for human rights in Nigeria

The Nigerian Military has been tasked to take speedy and clear steps in the direction of making certain troopers respect absolutely the human rights of residents in all inside safety operations.

This name was made by a lecturer of the Enugu State College of Expertise (ESUT), Dr Chidiebere Ezinwa, at a sooner or later City Corridor assembly organised by the Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria in Enugu.

Talking on the theme of “Participating the media for a accountable, accountable {and professional} Nigerian Military,” the constitutional lawyer warned that the respect of the Armed Forces would decline if troopers proceed to breach the rights of Nigerians.

He mentioned: “The position of the army is spelt out in Part 271 and 218 of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Part 217 offers with institution and composition of the armed forces of the Federation, whereas part 218 offers with command and operational use of the armed forces of Nigeria.

“What has occurred to the Nigerian Police? Will the Military not undergo the identical destiny with their continued involvement in nearly each civil strife?

“It’s towards the backdrop of Part 217(2) (c) that the armed forces in Nigeria face some challenges particularly given the quite a few inside safety threats that introduced the military head to head with the civil society nearly frequently. Though this example pre-dated the 1999 Structure, the explanations for armed forces intervention in crises interval stay the identical.

“The interplay of the military with the civil society in the midst of performing its constitutional operate of quelling inside disaster when known as upon has plenty of unfavorable penalties, which has not solely dragged the picture of the military within the mud because of some unprofessional conduct; but additionally has eroded public confidence and belief within the military.”