Army Reiterates Commitment To Combat Insecurity

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By Tunde Oguntola, Abuja

The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to combating terrorism and investigation of high profile crimes that can constitute threats to the peaceful co-existence of the country.

The director, Legal Services, Nigerian Army, Abuja, Brig-Gen Yusuf Shalangwa who disclosed this during a capacity-building workshop organized by Wayamo Foundation, Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy in Abuja, with the theme: “Strengthening Justice and Accountability in Nigeria” said that there is need to continue to strengthen the capacity of military, lawyers and civil prosecutors to ensure equity and fairness of justice in Nigeria.

Shalangwa said it is a known fact that the military is in the forefront of investigations of crime in Nigeria and that the Nigerian Army will continue to operate strictly within the ambit of the law.

“The training which has to do with the investigation of complex offences such as offences that are perpetrated by terrorists, they are very complex in the sense that the gathering of evidences is always a problem and without concrete evidence and information, it will be difficult to get successful trial of suspects,” he added.

The assistant director of Public Prosecutions for the Federation, Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkadir also stressed that for a matter to be successful once there is an allegation of crime, there must be a thorough investigation by those investigative agencies charged with the responsibility of investigating particular crime committed or alleged to have been committed.

He further reiterated that the duty of the investigative agencies is to look at what happened in the criminal case either through taking of statement or going to the scene of the crime.