- The Nigerian Army has given insight on how to report cases of human rights abuses by soldiers
- The provost marshal of the Nigerian Army A.T Hamman has said that the Army investigates every report of human rights abuse brought before it
- He also said the Army has set up a Human Rights Desk for reports and investigation of cases of abuse by soldiers of the force
The provost marshal of the Nigerian Army A.T Hamman has said that the Army investigates every report of human rights abuse brought before it.
Hamman, a brigadier general said the Nigerian Army under the leadership of Tukur Buratai, has done much to ensure that no case of human rights violation is not handled appropriately.
Speaking in a recent interview, the provost marshal said the Nigerian Army has set up a Human Rights Desk for reports and investigation of cases of abuse by soldiers of the force.
He said: "Since the Chief of Army Staff came in, he has done a lot to ensure that any case of violation of human rights abuse is investigated and he has set up a Human Rights Desk where of course, we have contacts with civilians to facilitate reporting and investigation of cases of human rights abuse by the troops."
The Brigadier General said a call centre has been established by the Nigerian Army for citizens to make reports of soldiers brutality against them.
"A call centre has been established with specific number for people to call in to make such reports. Even before then, I can tell you that there was no report- formal and informal that got to him that he never asked us to investigate.
"May be some people don’t know how to go about the reporting process.
"But I tell you, even if you send the Chief of Army Staff a text message now that ‘oh, your soldiers did this or are doing this,’ I can tell you that within seconds of receiving it, I will also receive it in my own phone too, with only one word, ‘investigate.’" Hamman said.
Giving examples of the efficiency of the text messages, Hamman said: "Even when we had allegations that during the ongoing recruitment in one or two states- Nasarawa, Sokoto- that there were certain malpractices.
"And I just got a text, saying ‘investigate’ and my people immediately departed for Keffi where they will be going to Sokoto. So, we have different avenues and channels of reporting such abuses. But I think with this call centre when it becomes popular, it will even be easier for the people to report such abuses."
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NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Army arrested two soldiers who brutalized a physically challenged man in Onitsha, Anambra state.
The Army spokesperson Sani Usman said the soldiers were arrested in line with the zero tolerance for acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts by the Nigerian Army.
Usman said the soldiers were identified, arrested and charged for assault by their commanding officer.
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