The Nigerian Army has confirmed that the partnership between the Armed Forces and the National Human Rights Commission (NHCR) to improve the mainstreaming of human rights and civilian protection is yielding some dividends.
As a result of this, the troops in Maiduguri, Borno state, have received training on the protection of human rights as they continue with counter-insurgency operations in the north east.
“Flagging off the training session, the executive secretary of NHRC, Tony Ojukwu, stated that though the Nigerian military and other law enforcement agencies have performed exceedingly well in containing the insurgency, it was desirable to sustain the gains made by training military officers and other key security personnel who are directly involved in the counter-terrorism operations.
A statement by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation, Lafiya Dole, said Ojukwu enjoined the participants in the training to extend the knowledge acquired to their peers.
In a goodwill message to the participants, the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, told the gathering that the current service chiefs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria established Human Rights Desks at all services and formation headquarters to meet the dictates of global best practices.
Ojukwu added that though the operations in the North East theatre is a complex one, troops have remained highly professional in conducting their operations.
The statement said General Nicholas expressed optimism that the training will further reposition officers, soldiers and other security agents in the theatre to competently protect the rights of civilians. He enjoined the participants to imbibe the training and transfer the knowledge and skills acquired to their contemporaries.
“Noting that the military are the first humanitarians in conflict situations and that troops deployed in North Eastern Nigeria have done well in this regard, the head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), Mr Ceaser Tshilom, stated that there is still room for improvement, hence the need to train troops on human rights and civilian protection," the statement said.
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The statement added that participants in the training were drawn from military formations and units, as well as other security agencies in the theatre of operation.
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