Obiano Receives Army Committee On Human Rights Violation

Anambra State Governor, Willie Maduabuchukwu Obiano.

A nine man Special Commission on Human Rights Violation Committee set up by the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, was in Anambra state on a fact finding mission, to ascertain the roles played by the Military during protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in 2016. 

Governor Willie Obiano received them at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, and listened to the leader of the team, Retired Major General Tijani Ahmed, briefing him on their mission.

Mr Ahmed explained that based on the accusations leveled against the Nigerian Army by the Amnesty International of violating human rights and committing war crimes in their dealing with insurgents in the northeast, Militants in the Niger Delta and IPOB in the southeast, the Chief of Army Staff had set up the committee to find out the truth or otherwise of the allegations.

He said, “The allegations made round the media, in the papers and specifically, the one that was made prominent was the one by the Amnesty International where allegations of extrajudicial killing, forced disappearance, torture and all manner of allegations were made against the soldiers.

“That’s why the Chief of Army Staff set up this committee to investigate and find out exactly what happened”.

For Governor Willie Obiano, there would not have been issues with the peaceful protests of the activist but for the hijacking of the exercise by hoodlums that wreaked havoc.

He suggested to the committees to reach out to the then Commissioner of Police who is now the Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone Nine, Mr Hassan Karma and Colonel Isah Abdullahi, who was the then Commandant of 302 Artillery Regiment, Onitsha, for the full details of all that happened in which officially, no death was communicated to him.

According to Obiano, “When you start some exercise, if you are not careful, it will be hijacked and when it is hijacked, it will change complexion from what was originally planned.

“So both IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), in my view, they comported themselves very well, but the challenge is that we have these hoodlums, we are talking about that joined the match and tried to use the opportunity to loot and do other things.

“I’m sure in the course of your investigation you will get all the details”.

Nigerian Army Makes Progress In ‘Crocodile Smile’ Operation

Niger-Delta-Military-OperationsTroops of 4 Brigade Nigerian Army, have commenced a field training exercise nicknamed Operation ‘Crocodile Smile’ in Delta state, on Sunday.

The officers were said to have mounted gunboats, speedboats and so far, reported to have made tremendous progress as they have raided suspected criminal hideouts in the creeks around Ajaosolo, Okogho, Opumani, and Obodo general area.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, flagged-off the exercise on Saturday in Sapele, Delta State.

During the exercise, he said that the Nigerian Army has a mandate to provide adequate security for residents as well as critical national economic assets in the region.

While conducting the exercise, on Sunday August 28 2016, they intercepted a suspected illegal oil bunkerer with 1 “Cotonou Boat” laden with crude oil, 3 X 40 Horse power Yamaha Speedboats and 5 X 200 Litres of illegally refined diesel oil.

Similarly, the troops continued conducting the training exercise near Bomadi town, Bomadi Local Government Area and Pendo and Tuomu of Bururtu Local Government Area of Delta State respectively.

Two suspects, Mr Tokolo Sawyer and Miss Showman Ebi-ere were arrested at ‘Loveth Plaza’, while Mr Kingsley Ebidimo and 7 others with unidentified mission, were equally arrested as they were found to be in possession of substance believed to be Marijuana, 1 Axe, 2 Cutting Saw and a long iron bender also in their hideouts.

The suspects have been handed over to the Nigerian Police at Bomadi alongside the exhibits.

The troops have not relented on their efforts and have been fortified with more supporting weapons, such as a Main Battle Tank, 2 Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles and 3 Scorpion Tanks from the Headquarters of the Nigerian Armour Corps.

In addition, as part of the training exercise, the troops have been carrying out patrols along waterways in the creeks.

In that process, they recovered 2 “Cotonou Boats” and a 75 Horse Power Speedboat, 30 X 200 Litres plastic drums containing liquid suspected to be illegally refined crude oil in the creeks at Ovwahwa in Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State in the afternoon of Sunday 28th August 2016.

Three suspected persons, Messrs College Owahwa, Joseph Katte and Olisa Patrick, found around the vicinity have been arrested and are currently being questioned.

Following intelligence reports, 2 illegal crude oil refineries were identified and destroyed by the exercising troops traversing Ayakoromo and Esaba water ways in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.

Later on that day, 2 Pumping Machines and sets of new pipes used for the construction of illegal refineries and siphoning were found in the bush. Two suspects were interrogated to ascertain their involvement on the recovered items.

The Military in its fight to rid Nigeria of insurgents, has expressed hopes that security would be restored in the south-south region at the end of the exercise.

Army Chief Says Troops Have Contained Terrorism In Northeast

Yusuf-Buratai-Army-Chief on terrorism Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, says insurgency and terrorism have been contained in the northeast and some other parts of the country.

He said the feat was made possible by the support of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and good citizens of Nigeria.

General Buratai made the declaration on Thursday when he visited Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, in his one-day working visit to the state.

He reassured Nigerians that the army would continue to live up to expectation and work within the provisions of the constitution in securing the country and its citizens.

At the Governor’s lodge in Amawbia where the army chief and the Governor met, Mr Obiano commended General Buratai and his men for their exploits in the troubled areas of Nigeria.

He told him of the great support he was receiving from the army in the state, saying that their collaboration with other security agencies in the state had brought sanity, safety and security.

The army chief’s declaration of terrorism containment is coming days after over 20 persons were killed in an attack by two female suicide bombers in Umarari-Mulai, in the outskirt of Maiduguri in Borno State.

The first attack targeted a mosque, while the second blast occurred about 50 metres away, a few minutes later.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Boko Haram terrorist group is largely suspected.

The group has carried out similar attacks in the past on communities in the northeast.

Human Rights Abuse: Army Chief, Amnesty International Hold Talks

Amnesty-International-Nigerian-Army-Chief-Tukur-BurataiThe Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria, General Tukur Buratai, on Thursday told a delegation from the Amnesty International that the military is making conscious effort to check human rights abuse by officers.

General Buratai’s statement is made in response to accusations by the rights advocacy group that personnel of the Nigerian Armed Forces carried out extra-judicial executions.

According to Amnesty International, about 20,000 cases of extra-judicial executions had occurred in Nigeria since 2012.

The Director Of Research Africa, Amnesty International, Netsanet Belay, told General Buratai that there was a serious concern that Nigeria needed to address.

“Its military is implicated in committing serious forms of war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.

“We have looked into various aspects of this. We have documented over 20,000 cases of extra-judicial executions and we believe that over 1,200 men and boys may have been extra-judicial executed since 2012.

But General Buratai insisted that officers were trained to discharge their responsibilities professionally.

He told the group that the Nigerian Army had set up an internal Human Rights Desk to receive reports of human rights violation by officers.

“Before the establishment of the Human Rights Desk in the Army Headquarters, we had established a contact group between the Nigerian Army and the National Human Rights Commission. All issues of human rights that have been forwarded to the attention of the Nigerian Army we have investigated them and followed them to their logical conclusions.

“Similarly, all the issues that were brought to the Army, where human rights were alleged to have been violated, we have equally investigate them,” the Army chief told the human rights advocacy group.

He assured members of the public, the local and international human rights bodies that the Nigerian Army, under his leadership, would investigate all complaints of human rights violation brought before it.