Alleged human rights abuse: Nigerian troops have no case to answer – Minister


The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, has debunked reported cases of human rights’ violations leveled by the International Community against Nigerian troops involved in the on-going counter-insurgency operations in the North East.

Magashi denied the allegation when the United States Acting Ambassador to Nigeria Kathleen Fitz Gibbon visited the Ship House Ministry of Defence Headquarters Abuja on a courtesy call.

The Minister noted that Nigerian troops are guided in their operations by the extant laws of the land as enshrined in the Constitution and rules of engagements as well as Acts and other laws to warrant any form of abuse.

Magashi added that President Muhammadu Buhari is a committed to the domestic and International laws that forbid abuse of Human Rights.

He further emphasized that the Nigerian Military will continue to comply to the rule of law as it defends national interest no matter whose horse is gored.

Magashi also thanked the US Africa Command, AFRICOM and the US Office of the Defence Cooperation for the delivery of the NAF Super Tulcano aircraft and the training of NAF Pilots and engineers.

On her part, the US Acting Ambassador to Nigeria, Kathleen Fitz Gibbon pledged continued support to Nigeria adding that the remaining six Super Tulcano will arrive the country by September next month.

Gibbon appreciated the progress Nigeria has made in fighting insurgency and the nation’s compliance with Protocols.

She also agreed with plans to reconvene another meeting soonest to consider various documents before the Ministry of Defence touching on the way forward for the promotions of Human Rights and Child Protection Act among other areas of common concerns to the two countries.


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