The Nigerian Army says it had received and dealt with over 500 human rights complaints in six years.
Maj.-Gen. Markus Kangye, Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, announced this in Abuja during the first quarter of the CIMIC media chat.
A milestone since 2016, he noted, was the Civil-Military Legal Desk, set up to review alleged human rights breaches by troops during internal security, counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria
According to him, the desk receives and investigates allegations of military personnel human rights abuses and proposes suitable sanctions.
He claimed all accusations were investigated, and some were judged to be legitimate while others were not.
“Statistics suggest a recent decrease in litigation involving Nigerian army members.
“This might be ascribed to the frequent human rights sensitisation training performed throughout divisions and formations,” he said.
Brigade General Ojogbane Adegbe of the Department of Civil Military Affairs said combining kinetic and non-kinetic operations to meet security concerns was in accordance with worldwide best practices, Reuters reported.