Yemi Osinbajo Inaugurates Presidential Panel To Investigate Allegations Of Human Rights Abuse

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Yemi Osinbajo Inaugurates Presidential Panel To Investigate Allegations Of Human Rights Abuse

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has implored a Presidential Investigative Panel, to investigate activities of the armed forces, and ensure that those activities, meet up to human rights norms, observed across the world.

Speaking at the event, Osinbajo stated that the presidential panel was saddled with the task of investigating allegations of human rights abuses levelled against the military by Amnesty International.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday inaugurated a presidential investigation panel to investigate alleged human rights abuse by the Nigerian military. If left unaddressed, these allegations are capable of undermining the good work of the Armed Forces who have largely conducted themselves in a disciplined & professional manner.

Amnesty global had accused the military of human rights abuse, excessive force and extra judicial killings of terrorists in the east as well as members of indigenous people of Biafra in the South east.

The acting president listed the terms of reference of the panel to include, "the review of extant rules of engagement applicable to Armed Forces of Nigeria and the extent of compliance thereto".

The panel is also mandated to investigate matters of conducts and discipline in the armed forces in local conflicts and insurgencies, recommend means of preventing violations of global humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations and make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as may be deemed necessary.

"To make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as maybe deemed necessary".

He reminded the panel hat President Muhammadu Buhari had in 2015, directed the Military to conduct an internal inquiry into allegations of rights abuses by its personnel.

While charging members of the panel to discharge their duties diligently, impartially and with all sense of professionalism, the acting president urged them to also obtain information on conditions of service of the armed forces or any other factors that might have hindered the optimal performance.

The nine-man panel, which is chaired by justice Biobele Georgewill, was inaugurated at the Aso rock villa Abuja on Friday.

Members of the panel include Patrick Akem a retired major-general, Chief of Logistics, and commander of the United Nations forces in Somalia; Olawale Fapohunda, a former Attorney-General of Ekiti State; and Jibrin Ibrahim, a professor, civil society leader and noted academic.

Responding on behalf of the panel, the chairman, Justice Georgewill, pledged that it would carry out the assignment "with the fear of God and with integrity to ensure that justice will not only be done to all but would be seen by all to have been done".

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