The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, has lamented that some civil cases against the Nigerian Army are targeted at distracting the force from performing its constitutional function.
The COAS stated this during the law seminar organised by the Nigerian Army in conjunction with the National Judicial Institute with the theme, ‘The place of law in counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations in Nigeria.’
Buratai reiterated that the Nigerian Army would continue to adhere to the tenets of the rule of law in its operations.
“Some of the suits instituted against the NA are meant to distract the NA from its constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria,” he said.
He therefore, urged the participants to consider the aspect of national interest while adjudicating over such cases.
“Let me point out that the Nigerian Army will continue to adhere to the tenets of rule of law in our operations,” he said
He said the theme was carefully chosen by the organisers of the Seminar considering the current security challenges bedeviling the entire country.
The COAS, who was represented by the chief of policy and plans, Nigerian Army, Major General RO Yusuf, said the fight against terrorism and insurgency especially in North East, Nigeria has preoccupied the minds of many Nigerians both within and outside Nigeria, adding that it has been a source of concern for the international community.
He said since assumption of office in 2015, he has been monitoring issues and allegations of human rights abuses against troops deployed for operations across the country in line with the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces’ mandate to the armed forces in the fight against terrorism.
“The NA has also ensured that the fundamental human rights of citizens are adequately protected in all our exercises and operations.
So far, we have been able to address petitions and addressed different kinds of claims against the NA through the establishment of Human Rights Desk Offices in Army Headquarters and across all the Divisions of the NA,” he said
He reiterated that the Human Rights Desk has a special hotline for citizens who have genuine claims, complaints and petitions to make against the NA, to report a natural disaster or to report any act of terrorism and so on.
He urged citizens to dial 193 and report such cases,adding that each Human Rights Desk is headed by a Military Lawyer.
The COAS further noted that the NA has also ensured that all cases pending in civil courts against it are either assigned to competent Registered NA External Advocates or Military Lawyers of the Directorate of Legal Services (Army) to handle.
He added that Court Martial cases and Summary Trials in the field are also given adequate professional attention by deploying Legal Officers, who are not only trained military personnel but Legal Practitioners, to the field from Division down to Brigade level.
He stressed l
The chief of defence staff General Gabriel Olonisakin who was represented by Maj Gen Leo Irabor in a goodwill message said he will continue to ensure that officers and men of the armed forces operate within the purview of the law in discharge of their constitutional mandate.
Tribunal Affirms Masari, Sule Elections
PDP Govs Beg Wike Not To Dump Party
Don’t Harbour Fleeing Terrorists, Army Warns Nigerians
Prioritise Wellbeing Of Nigerians, IBB Tells Federal Lawmakers
Nigerians Better Together, Division No Option – Osinbajo
Purposeful Leadership Behind China’s Emergence As Global Power – PMB
Kyari Vows To Fix Refineries
NEWS19 hours ago
Gov Bello Draw FG’s Attention To Okene-Lokoja Road
POLITICS15 hours ago
Tribunal Uphold PDP, APC Victory In Sanga, Makera Constituencies, Orders Re-run In Kagarko Constituency
POLITICS15 hours ago
Bayelsa Guber: Sen. Lokpobiri Disown Ambassadorial Nomination Claims, APC Settlement Deal
CRIME24 hours ago
Dissolve My Marriage Or I Commit Suicide, Retired Civil Servant Tells Court
NEWS18 hours ago
SDP Chieftain Commend Zulum’s Giant Strides In 100 Days
CRIME23 hours ago
Troops Kill 7 Boko Haram, ISWAP Commanders
BUSINESS18 hours ago
OML 25: NNPC GMD To Reopen Belema Flow Station On Sept. 28
FEATURES24 hours ago
…And Night Life Returns To Maiduguri