The Nigeria Army has launched a code of conduct to guide troops on operations and exercises.
Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai who launched the three documents said it aimed at protecting troops and other personnel across the different formations in the line of duty.
The documents which were later signed by the COAS are Policy and Directive on NA comprehensive programme to improve compliance with domestic and international laws guiding operations; Standing use of rules of engagement and standing rules of engagement and standing rules for use of force; andA� Policy directive on arrest, detention and interrogation.
The COAS said that the documents were a reminder for officers of the army. He pointed out that the documents were not new but being formalised to guide operations.
He stated that the documents were not to a�?tie our hands in our operations”
“Let the documents guide us properly, bring to our consciousness that what we do are also seen not only within our country,A� but international. Our responsibilities are subject to both civil and military laws. Civil laws include international humanitarian laws on armed conflict.
a�?As military personnel, you should not forget your role which is to defend your country from aggression, protect its territorial integrity and of course, aid civil authority when called upon to do so, and fulfill international obligations.a�?
“These laws do not preclude you from being decisive in the course of your operation from saving lives and property.
The COAS urged officers and soldiers to study the documents religiously to be able to implement them appropriately.
Group Captain Sadiq Shehu (rtd), a security consultant presented the documents at the event which had in attendance representatives of civil society organisation’s.