Army condemns Extra judicial killings, vows to investigate personnel

Army condemns Extra judicial killings, vows to investigate personnel

The Nigerian Army (NA) has vowed to investigate, arrest and discipline its personnel who are involved in professional misconduct such as extra judicial killings and torture of suspects. The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja. Musa disclosed that the decision was made due

The Nigerian Army (NA) has vowed to investigate, arrest and discipline its personnel who are involved in professional misconduct such as extra judicial killings and torture of suspects.

The Acting Director Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made this known in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

Musa disclosed that the decision was made due to a video reportedly showing some army personnel engaging in the torturing and killing of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist likely in the North East.

He said that the army authorities had out rightly and strongly condemned the action of those involved in the misconduct.

“NA training, Rules of Engagement and Standing Operating Procedures guiding the conduct of all her operations are unambiguous about human rights abuses and extra judicial actions including the rights of the arrested/captured terrorists/combatants.

“Troops in the various theatres of operations in Nigeria have been consistently warned to desist from rights infractions of any form no matter the amount of desperation, anger or provocation.

“NA does not license, encourage or condone indiscipline, unprofessional conduct especially extra judicial execution of suspects or combatants.

“Where ever, such is noticed or reported, once it is confirmed, appropriate decisive sanction or punishment is usually immediately meted out to the perpetrators and this case would never be an exception,” he said.

Further, He assured that the authority had commenced thorough investigation to apprehend the culprits with the aim to deal with them in accordance with the extant military justice system.

He added that the public would surely be informed of the results of the actions taken so far.

”The army as a responsible and law abiding organisation will remain professional in the discharge of its constitutional roles.

“It will continue to operate within the ambit of the law in line with the local and international best practices,” he said

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