(Press Release) The Presidential investigation Panel to review compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement under the Chairmanship of Hon Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill JCA,moves its Public Hearing to Kaduna from Monday, 16th October 25th, 2017.
A press release by Mr. Suleiman Haliru, the Secretary said the Panel invites all persons and stakeholders wishing to engage it on its Terms of Reference from the North West zone; with written or oral presentations to take this opportunity to come and present their petitions. The Panel would be sitting at the premises of the State High Court on Bida Road, Kaduna.It would be recalled that His Excellency, the then Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, on Friday, 11thAugust2017 inaugurated the Panel to review compliance of the Armed Forces with Human right obligations and rules of engagement especially in local conflicts and insurgency situation.
Terms of Reference of the Panel: (a) To review extant rules of engagement applicable to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the extent of compliance thereto;
(b) To investigate alleged acts of violation of international humanitarian and human right law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcements) Act and other relevant laws by the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies;
(c) To investigate matters of conduct and discipline in the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies;
(d) To recommend means of preventing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations; and, (e) To make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as may be deemed necessary.
Stakeholders, affected persons, institutions and interested members of the public are hereby invited to submit to the Presidential Investigation Panel, memoranda that will assist it in the discharge of its mandate.
1) All Memoranda should be forwarded to the Presidency, Special Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Shehu Shagari Complex, Abuja, for the attention of the Secretary to the Presidential Investigation Panel on Review of Compliance of Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement;
2) 10 Nos. Hard Copies of Memorandum should be submitted
3) A soft copy should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4) Memorandum could be submitted throughout the duration of the work of the Panel.