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“Assault, Torture, Spouse & Children Abandonment” – Violations Involving Nigerian Military Personnel

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The Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk, says it received 350 alleged human rights violation complaints against its personnel in three years.

Capt. Veronica Williams, Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk Officer, disclosed this at an accountability forum on civil-military relations in Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Williams said that the desk was established in February 2016 in response to alleged human rights violations by troops of the Nigerian Army in counter insurgency and internal security operations in the country.

Williams, who was represented by Juliana Aboki, an investigator with the department, said that the complaints received include : extra judicial killings, assault, threat to life, unlawful arrest, spouse and children abandonment among others.

“Assault, torture, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment received the highest complaints with 15 per cent.

“Spouse and children abandonment, denial of access to children received 11.4 per cent, while unlawful dismissal from service and Nigerian Army courses received 11 per cent.

“Trespass, unlawful eviction and compulsory acquisition had 10.9 per cent, while unlawful arrest, detention and enforced disappearance received 10.6 per cent complaints among others,” she said.

She added that the desk had so far treated 90 per cent of the cases, while 10 per cent are still under investigation.

She however called on Nigerians to call the Army Complaint number on 08160134303 to report any human rights violations meted against them by the Nigerian Army.

The theme for the forum is ‘Strengthening Civil-Military Relations, Accountability and Human Rights in Nigeria’.

The event was organised by CLEEN Foundation, in collaboration with National Human Rights Commission and Institute for Peace and Conflicts Resolution.

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