Osinbajo Inaugurates Commission of Inquiry to Probe Human Rights Abuses by Military

Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo has set up a seven-man judicial commission of inquiry to investigate human rights abuses by the Nigerian Army.
In a statement signed by Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande stated that the commission has 90 days to conclude its findings.
“Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has appointed a 7-man Judicial Commission, headed by Justice Biobele A. Georgewill, of the Court of Appeal, to review compliance of the Nigerian Armed Forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, especially in local conflict and insurgency situations,” the statement said.
“It is also empowered to investigate alleged acts of violation, (by Nigerian security agencies) of international humanitarian and human rights law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws,” he said.
According to Akande, the commission, “is also empowered to investigate alleged violation of humanitarian and human rights principles under the Constitution and other relevant laws” .
In addition, the commission has the mandates to investigate factors that might be militating against speedy resolution of local conflicts/insurgencies.
It is also saddle with the responsibility to advise on means of preventing violations of International humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations.
“The Commission is expected to commence work immediately and submit its report within 90 days,” Akande said.
Members of the Judicial Commission include:Justice Biobele A. Georgewill (Chairman); Major-General Patrick Akem; Wale Fapohunda; Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim; Jibrin Ibrahim; Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama; Representative of Office of the National Security Adviser, as members.

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