BY Henry Ojelu/ LagosThe Presidential Investigation Panel set up by Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN to review compliance of the Armed Forces with Human Rights Obligations and Rules of Engagement, has officially began sitting at the Ikeja High Court.
The panel is headed by Honorable Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill, JCA.
Terms of reference of the panel includes a. To review extant rules of engagement applicable in the Armed Forces of Nigeria and extent of compliance thereto.
b.To investigate alleged acts of violation of international humanitarian and human rights law under the Constitution of the Federal Republic, 1999 (as amended), Geneva Conventions Act, African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and other relevant laws by the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies.
c. To investigate matters of conduct and discipline in the Armed Forces in local conflicts and insurgencies.
d. To recommend means of preventing violations of international humanitarian and human rights law in conflict situations; and
e. To make further recommendations in line with these terms of reference as may be deemed necessary.
The panel which has already concluded cases of Right Abuses for the South-South Zone in Port Harcourt is expected to consider cases in all the Geo-political regions of the country.