By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commenced training of troops deployed to Operation LAFIA DOLE on the protection of Human Rights.
A statement by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu said the training, holding in Maiduguri is to inculcate Human Rights and civilian protection into Counter Insurgency Operations in the north east.
The statement said Executive Secretary, NHRC, Mr Tony Ojukwu stated that the training is desirable to sustain the gains made in past by training military officers and other key security personnel who are directly involved in the Counter Terrorism and Counter Insurgency Operations, on Human Rights protection.
According to him: “The Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas told the gathering that the current Service Chiefs of the Armed Forces of Nigeria established Human Rights Desks at all Services and Formation Headquarters to meet the dictates of global best practices.
“He added that though the operations in the North East theatre is a complex one, troops have remained highly professional in conducting their operations. General Nicholas expressed optimism that the training will further reposition officers, soldiers and other security agents in the theatre to competently protect the rights of civilians. He enjoined the participants to imbibe the training and transfer the knowledge and skills acquired to their contemporaries.
“Noting that the military are the first humanitarians in conflict situations and that troops deployed in North Eastern Nigeria have done well in this regard, the Head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), Mr Ceaser Tshilom stated that there is still room for improvement, hence the need to train troops on Human Rights and civilian protection.
“Participants in the training were drawn from military formations and units, as well as other security agencies in the theatre of operation.”