The Nigerian Army has stated that it has started an investigation into the killing and assault on its personnel by officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
This was contained in a letter dated November 23, 2021, published by SaharaReporters.
It was addressed to all formations and units with the Chief of Army Staff calling on military officers to “forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the Nigerian Army.”
The letter was signed by Major General J. A. Ataguba titled, ‘Evaluating Incidences Of Police Brutality Against Personnel Of Nigerian Army.’
It is also mandated to evaluate and present evidence surrounding the circumstances and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints raised.
The letter read, “The NA is constitutionally tasked to provide aid to civil authorities when called upon. This responsibility has occasioned conducting joint activities with members of the civil and paramilitary organizations. These joint operations with other security agencies particularly the Nigerian Police (NP) create occasions for the police to equate its hierarchy with the NA and this has often led to friction, especially at the lower levels.
“This friction has occasionally led to bodily harm and in some cases death to our troops. This is in spite of the fact that the victims have been identified; and established to be serving personnel.
“This Dept is therefore conducting an evaluation of these occurrences with a view to establishing the frequency and recommend possible remedial measures to stem the tide. Consequently, all NA corps, formations, and establishments are please requested to forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the NA.
“The report should cover the last 2 years. Returns to reach this NLT 8 December 21; and should be forwarded using enclosed formal.“
Meanwhile, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday, November 24; said that conducting elections in Nigeria was a tough task; urging media support against fake news that could cause confusion.
Yakubu spoke at a Strategic Interactive Meeting with Online Publishers organised by INEC; in collaboration with the Institute for Media and Society and the International Press Centre and also held in Lagos.
1st News also reports the theme of the meeting was “Strengthening INEC/Media Partnership for the Consolidation of Free, Fair, Credible and Inclusive Elections”.
According to him, Nigeria’s size as well as population make it one of the biggest democracies in the world; and the largest presidential democracy after the United States of America.