BY ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin recently inaugurated a committee on Human Rights at the Defence Headquarters Abuja.
During the inauguration, the Chief said that members were selected because of their impeccable characters and reputation to demonstrate to the public that the Armed Forces of Nigeria is a responsive and responsive organization.
He urged the members to interface with other human rights bodies to investigate complaints and all allegations of rights abuses allegedly committed by military personal during and after legitimate operations and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary to the Defence Headquarters.
General Olonisakin noted that in Armed conflicts, Military operation are unpredictable and anomalous because terrorists employ asymmetric tactics that are Rules of Engagement.
In his acceptance speech, the 13 man committee chairman, Major–General Abubakar Gana (rtd) commended the Chief for the confidence reposed on them to inaugurate the committee.
He promised that the committee would be impartial and fair in handling all petitions brought before it.
Other members of the committee are Commodore Olawuyi (NN) (rtd), Group Captain JP Musa (rtd), Director of legal services from the ministry of Defence, Defence Headquarters, Army, Navy and Airforce Headquarters.
Others include the representative from the office of the Attorney – General of the Federation, Human Rights Commission and the Internaltional Red Cross.