The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has showed concerns about alleged intrusion of areas of South East and South South geo-political zones of the country by the Nigerian Military.
Subsequently, the Commission cautioned the Military and other security agencies “to desist from acts capable of causing tension, public disturbance, fear and sense of insecurity”.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the rights Commission particularly advised the Nigerian Army to consider their rules of involvement, stating that rather than raising the fear of insecurity, it should “rather ensure the respect of the fundamental rights of all citizens”.
The statement which is attributed to Acting Executive Secretary of the NHRC, Mrs. Oti Ovrawah, said the Commission was disturbed by media reports on allegations by Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Abia state chapter, that Nigerian Troops on Operation Python Dance II, assaulted them, “amidst other claims of human rights violations”.
The statement which was signed by head of media at the NHRC, Mrs. Fatima Mohammed, further read:
“Mrs. Ovrawah assures Nigerians that the Commission will collaborate with the Nigerian Police and other relevant authorities to ensure a timely and thorough investigation into the allegations with a view to ensuring that informed decisions are made and appropriate steps taken to have culprits punished and victims redressed in accordance with the law. “
At the same time, the Commission commends the government of Abia state for the steps undertaken so far to get rid of fear and prevent further more break down of law and order saying it is essential to strengthen people’s belief in the ability of the government to safeguard them with out abuse of their rights.
“In addition, she uses this channel to call on the Nigerian military to make use of the series of training the Commission has offered them on mainstreaming human rights to their operations particularly with the rising human rights issues, adding up that they are expected to perform their duties according to international best practices”.