HURIWA urges Nigerians to support Army in internal security
• Charges Buratai To Arrest Rights Violators
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged Nigerians to support the army in its internal security operations during the elections.
The pro-democracy and non-governmental organisation also tasked the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to ensure that the internal mechanisms put in place to stop human rights violations by soldiers were effectively activated to check abuses.
In a statement signed yesterday in Abuja by the national coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and the national media director, Miss Zainab Yusuf, HURIWA disclosed that it got a pamphlet of the army’s comprehensive programme to improve compliance with domestic and international laws guiding the operations.
Urging the army to maintain absolute neutrality during the elections, the group said it received assurances from the Nigerian defence sector that the operatives deployed for election-related operations had been instructed on global best practices, rules of engagement and respect for human rights.
Besides, HURIWA revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari did not expressly issue a shoot-on-sight directive for ballot box snatchers, disclosing that the military high command informed that on no occasion would any citizen be killed through extra-judicial means.
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