Rescue of Abducted Chibok Schoolgirls in Sight – Buratai

The Nigerian Army said on Wednesday that the rescue of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls was now in sight as it has launched “Operation Rescue Final”
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said that operation was aimed at rescuing all abducted persons, including the Chibok schoogirls, who were kidnapped in an all girls boarding school in April 2014.
Buratai disclosed this when the House of Representatives Committee on Army, led by its Chairman, Rimande Shawulu, paid him oversight visit.
The Chief of Army Staff, who did not give further details on the operation, said: “Once we start, we will not relent until everybody abducted is rescued”.
Buratai thanked the committee for increased budget allocation to the Army in 2016 and solicited for more support to enable it carry out its statutory functions.
On the issue of human rights, he promised that the army would continue respect and not infringe on the rights of the people, while carrying out its duty.
He however noted that whatever had happened in the course of personnel performing their duty was not “deliberate”.
He said to ensure respect for human rights, discipline and professionalism, the Army launched its human right policy on Tuesday.
Shawulu had earlier commended the Army for the fight against insurgency and other security challenges nationwide in spite of the challenges of poor funding, inadequate equipment and state of their barracks.
The Chairman, however, noted that because they were deployed in almost all the states, performing functions, which ordinarily were not theirs, there had been “friction” with civilians.
“We are requesting for quicker responses to the issues and matters referred from the committee to you.
“This is important to assure members of the public that there is a channel that can lead to legal, constitutional and peaceful resolution of their complaints.
“This will ensure that people do not seek extra legal resolutions,” Shawulu said.

Author: News Editor

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