NHRC Tells Army To Respect Human Rights In Search For Missing General
Ever since the Nigerian Army began the search for a missing retired Major General, Idris Alkali, things have not been the same for residents of the area where he was last seen.
First, it was everyone on the run, then arrests.
Over 30 persons have been arrested and a lawmaker representing a constituency in the state at the House of Representatives had raised issues with the way the military was going about the investigation.
On Monday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) advised the Nigerian Army to respect human rights while searching for missing Major General.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Anthony Ojukwu, gave the advice when he visited Major General Benson Akinroluyo, General Commanding Officer (GOC), 3 Division of the Nigerian Army on Monday in Rukuba, Plateau State.
Alkali was declared missing on September 3, but his vehicle and personal effects were recovered in a pond at Dura-Du community in Jos South Local Government Area.
This has generated tension and panic among residents of the area, with many fleeing the community.
Ojukwu explained that the visit was to advice the military not to trample on the rights of the residents as they conducted the search for the missing general.
"It is our belief that security and human rights co-exist; both of them go hand-in-hand. When there is breach of peace, most likely, human rights will be violated.
"We know you are carrying out your lawful duty in the search for your missing colleague, but you must do it with respect for human rights.
"As well-trained professional officers, who have been tested worldwide in both internal and international military operations, we appeal that you keep to your tradition and adhere to your mainstream best practices.
“No matter the level of provocation, you must carry out this legitimate duty with utmost respect for human rights. This is because it is the best practice anywhere," he said.
He commended the military for the efforts being made in unravelling those behind the heinous crime.
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