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Army tasks troops on respect for human rights during operations

The Nigerian Army, says strict observance of humanitarian and human rights laws will enhance the performance of troops in internal security and Peace Support Operations.

The Chief of Civil-Military Affairs (CCMA), Maj.-Gen. Nosakhare Ugbo stated this at a Lecture and Sensitization Workshop on Human Rights organised for troops of 1 Division Nigerian Army, on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Ugbo was represented by Brig.-Gen. Bola Keji, Director Psychological Warfare, Army Headquarters Department of Civil-Military Affairs.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the workshop was “Constitutional Responsibilities of the Nigerian Army Soldier, adherence to Humanitarian and Human Rights Laws”.

Ugbo said that the workshop was important as the Nigerian Army has been engaged in several operations across the country.

The CCMA said the Nigerian Army has a sacred obligation to ensure that its personnel perform their duties within the limits prescribed by laws, including the International Charter on Human Rights.

He therefore charged the personnel to avoid actions that might have negative implications on the lives of law abiding citizens or their civil liberties.

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