TEXT OF MEDIA BRIEFING BY MAJOR GENERAL NE ANGBAZO, CHIEF OF CIVIL MILITARY AFFAIRS, ARMY HEADQUARTERS ON REPORT OF SPECIAL BOARD OF INQUIRY TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST NIGERIAN ARMY PERSONNEL IN THE FIGHT AGAINST INSURGENCY AT THE NORTH EAST AND INTERNAL SECURITY OPERATIONS AT THE SOUTH EAST ON WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE 2017 AT THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS OFFICERS MESS ABUJA
Gentlemen of the press, in continuation of Nigerian Army (NA)’s resolve to keep Nigerians informed of the Army’s activities, I will be briefing you on the outcome of investigations of the Special Board of Inquiry instituted by Headquarters Nigerian Army a few months ago. You will recall, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, recently convened a Special Board of Inquiry to investigate allegations of Human Rights violations leveled against personnel of Nigerian Army in various regions where the NA is engaged in the provision of security as well as maintenance of law and order. Notably are the Amnesty International allegations of the excessive use of force and extrajudicial killings of members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as well as other groups and individuals. The Board was to investigate and establish the true situation of the allegations. The Board sat fol its amongst inauguration on 8th March 2017 by the COAS and submitted it report on 18th May 2017.
- You will recall that the AI in their reports about the NA Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency (CTCOIN) in the North East and other Internal Security Operation (IS Ops) alleged cases of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detention, torture, forced disappearance and extrajudicial executions against some Snr NA Officers. Likewise, it alleged same case against the NA regarding IPOB. These allegations led to the withdrawal and denial of USA and UK visas to some serving and retired snr officers. There were cases of officers whose names did not appear in the allegation but were also denied visas. This necessary a complaint by the affected officers to AHQ. AHQ subsequently conducted an investigation and disseminated the report to all relevant authority including the USA authority through the DA Washington. The USA however conveyed dissatisfaction in the report and requested that a more comprehensive inquiry be conducted. Thus a Special BOI was constituted to investigate the allegations.