CISLAC PARTNERS NIGERIA ARMY TO REVIEW SECURITY OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTH EAST

Poised towards a proper review of the operationalization of security in the South East, to conform with existing regulations and rules of engagement through capacity building for security personnel on existing relevant laws, acts, or policies, a Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called for the control of issues concerning unlawful arrest and unlawful detention.

Hammering that, it is still lingering, in the zone particularly in Anambra state, CISLAC through it’s Senior Programs Officer, Peace and Security Project, Mrs Bertha Ogbim during a recent visit to the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, Major General Aminu Chinade in his office in Enugu said, the Nigeria army, should Provide a contact/focal person within the Army, to work with CISLAC towards achieving the overall objectives of it’s project.

According to her, this projects include, Strengthening the Capacity, Advocacy & National Engagement towards an Accountable, Responsive and Efficient Management of the Defence & Security Sector in Nigeria.

Bertha Ogbim also called on the 82 Division, to take proactive steps in leading the fight against the sit-at-home order and threat to lives and properties in the South-east by engaging all stakeholders using the carrot and stick approach.

Emphasizing on the ill norms security is faced with in the South East, she prayed the GOC uses his office to help put an end to the extrajudicial killings, kidnappings, community clashes and other criminal activities also happening in Ezza and Efium communities in Ebonyi State and Agbani Community(s) in Enugu State.

Responding, Major General Aminu Chinade, said, “Extra-judicial killings is a weighty word”.

“There’s a need to break down these complaints into specific situations/occurrences” he added.

“Also, Ending the sit-at-home issue is something that we have been wanting all along, We are working tirelessly to ensure that we bring it to an end”.

“However, the decision to come out or not, is on the society. CISLAC’s engagement should also go into enlightening the people, On our own part, we will do all that we can, but the citizens also have to trust us and come out”.

“When you place military officers to terrains/regions where they are indigenes, prejudice is likely to come in place, I think security has nothing to do with where one comes from, This is a concept that people always think about, but they don’t look at it critically” GOC said.

The General Officer Commanding the 82 Division of Nigerian Army, further assured CISLAC that it was going to do it’s best.

He therefore asked the Organization to write a proposal, requesting for collaboration which it said, it will follow it by taking the next steps for its actualization.

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