NHRC urges NSA & IGP to investigate allegations of human rights violations against JTF

Posted: 14th October, 2012
The National Human Rights Commission has requested the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of Police to carry out urgent investigations over allegations of extra judicial killings, torture, harassment and other forms of human rights violations leveled against the Joint Task Force operating in Borno and Kano States.

Prof. Bem Angwe, Executive Secretary of the Commission, said in a letter to the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of Police that the Commission has in its possession various complaints on human rights violations allegedly perpetrated by the Joint Task Force.

The Commission, the Executive Secretary noted “recognizes that there is a grave security situation in Kano and in some North-Eastern States and the vital role of security personnel in maintaining law and order”.  He however said that ‘any deployment of forces to these areas for security operations should be governed by clear rules of engagement and proportionality and must be within internationally acceptable standards, so as to strike a balance between security concerns and the human rights norms.’

Prof. Angwe also called on the public to respect all lawful orders and fully cooperate with security personnel in their efforts to protect the lives and properties of all persons living in Nigeria.

He also enjoined all stakeholders including community and religious leaders and governments at all levels to continue to embark on peace building initiatives that will bring about lasting peace.

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