July 23, 2024
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National Human Rights Commission trains military officers on human rights and principles.


Abubakar Ibrahim



National Human Rights Commission in
collaboration with the United States High Commissioner for Refugees in Adamawa State has  commenced the training of military personnel on human rights, principles and civilian protection.



The annual event which was a 2 day training capacity for military officers under a program Protection of  Population Concerned is holding in Yola with soldiers from 23 brigade and other military personnel from different zones and formations in attendance.



In an opening remark, chairman of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, represented by Mr. Harry Ogwuche Obe, who is the Director Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Department of the UNHCR, said the aim of the training for the military personnel was to remind them of their duties of protecting the civilians within the ambit of law.



He noted that there was the need for the military officers to know the national and international human rights laws in order to know people’s rights and standards on how to fight crime without inflicting injuries on the personalities involved.



Speaking about the Mandate, Functions, Best Practices and Challenges of National Human Rights Commission, chairperson of the commission in Adamawa Madam Grace Mamza, said the training was also aimed to acquaint the military officers with the rights of citizens in order to exercise caution in the discharge of their duties.



Earlier in a welcome address, Executive secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, said mainstreaming human rights in a counter insurgency operations was necessary as a tool to deal with the insurgency in the northeast, noting that government has put in place trained task force teams to counter insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe for the military to strategically bring back peace in the region.



Mr Ojukwu who was represented by his assistant who is also the Head of Monitoring Department of the Commission Mr Okay Benedict Agu, maintained that training like this, will help with the support of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to tackle the issue of insecurity adding that the impact of the training cannot be overemphasized.



Highlight of the training was paper presentations as well as question and answers session.


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