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Boko Haram: Expect more prosecution of human rights violators–NHRC

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Mukaila Ola 

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said more prosecution of human rights violation in the ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations against Boko Haram terrorists in the North East should be expected.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day training for ministries, departments and agencies of government (MDAs) organized by the commission in Maiduguri, Tony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary of NHRC said a lot has been achieved in curbing the violation of human rights in the ongoing war on insurgency in the North East.

Ojukwu, who commended the military authorities for ensuring that soldiers and officers adhere to the rules of engagement and international best practice in the war on insurgency, said the progress was not by chance as many strategies were evolved to tackle violation of human rights in the decade old war.

He said though a lot has been achieved, there is still room for further improvement, warning that there will continue to be prosecution of violation of human rights until the end of the war.

 Ojukwu told the participants: “The commission is not unaware of the risk we, as protection actors, are exposed to. Some have paid the ultimate prize while protecting the Population of Concerns (PoCs).

“However the risk the PoCs themselves are exposed, due to their vulnerability, are equally enormous. Of concern to the commission, is the continuous attack on the camps especially the recent one in Dalori camp.”

Ojukwu while commiserating with the affected IDPs, urged all those saddled with the protection of the affected population to double efforts towards discharging their responsibilities.

He said in order to address the challenges of protection of the human rights of the affected victims of insurgency in the North East, it has become imperative for the commission to continuously build capacity of other MDAs working in the protection sector to enable them respond effectively and efficiently to the needs of the needs of the population of concern, when referral is made to them.

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