Saturday, 5 August 2017

Osinbajo Inaugurates Judicial Committee To Review Military Compliance With Human Rights

The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday night inaugurated a seven-man Judicial Commission to review compliance of the Armed Forces  (Military) with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, especially in local conflict and insurgency situation with Boko Haram.

The commission, according to a statement, issued by Bolaji Adebiyi, the Director, Press, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, is to be headed by a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Biobele Georgewill, who is expected the submit its report to the Presidency in 90 days.

The statement said by its terms of reference, the Commission was empowered to review extant rules of engagement applicable in the Armed Forces of Nigeria and extent of compliance thereto.

According to Adebiyi, it is also empowered to investigate alleged acts of violation of international humanitarian and human rights law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws by Nigerian security agencies.

He said, “The Acting President has appointed a 7-man Judicial Commission, headed by a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Biobele A. Georgewill, to review compliance of the Armed Forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, especially in local conflict and insurgency situations.

“By its terms of reference, the Commission is empowered to review extant rules of engagement applicable in the Armed Forces of Nigeria and extent of compliance thereto. It is also empowered to investigate alleged acts of violation of international humanitarian and human rights law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws by Nigerian security agencies.

The Commission also has a mandate to investigate factors that might be militating against a speedy resolution to local conflicts and insurgencies and advise on means of preventing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations.”

“The Judicial Commission is composed of as follows, Hon. Justice Biobele A. Georgewill, Chairman and Major-General Patrick Akem, Wale Fapohunda, Hauwa Ibrahim, Jibrin Ibrahim, Ifeoma Nwakama and a Representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser as members. They are expected to commence work immediately and submit a report within 90 days.”

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