Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk receives alleged human rights violation complaints against its personnel

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The Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk says it has received 350 alleged human rights violation complaints against its personnel in three years.

Capt. Veronica Williams, Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk Officer, disclosed this at an accountability forum on civil-military relations in Nigeria, on Wednesday in Abuja.

The theme for the forum is Strengthening Civil-Military Relations, Accountability and Human Rights in Nigeria.

It was organised by CLEEN Foundation, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission and Institute for Peace and Conflicts Resolution.

Williams said the desk was established in February 2016 in response to alleged human rights violations by troops of the Nigerian Army engaged in counter-insurgency and internal security operations in the country.

Williams, who was represented by Juliana Aboki, an investigator with the department, said the complaints received include extrajudicial killings, assaults, threats to life, unlawful arrests, spouse and child abandonment among others.

She, however, called on Nigerians to call the army’s complaint number on 08160134303 to report any human rights violations meted against them by troops.