Troops must adhere to laws during operations, CJN tells military

Troops must adhere to laws during operations, CJN tells military

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed , has said that the troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces must adhere to laws of armed conflict whenever they are carrying out military operations across the country . The acting CJN said there was increasing criticism of military operations at both local and international levels

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammed , has said that the troops of the Nigerian Armed Forces must adhere to laws of armed conflict whenever they are carrying out military operations across the country .
The acting CJN said there was increasing criticism of military operations at both local and international levels , which brought the need for the military to always act within the laws during operations .
Justice Muhammed stated this on Tuesday while delivering a keynote address at the 2019 edition of the Law of Armed Conflict retreat for NAF legal officers .
The event took place at the Nigerian Air Force headquarters, Abuja .
The acting CJN said the armed forces were established to serve and be accountable to the Nigerian people , stressing that they must adhere to the rules of engagement in line with international best practices .
He said, “ For me , nothing is more important than acting within the ambit of the laws in whichever roles you find yourself. As such , our troops must always adhere to the laws of armed conflict during military operations.
“ The military is very critical to the success of any democracy . After all , of what use will our great wealth be , if not well defended? Let me state here that Nigeria appreciates the sacrifices of the military in keeping the country united . The sacrifices will never go in vain .
“ More recently, your role in moving logistics and electoral personnel did not go unnoticed . Such support increases public trust which is key to the success of the ongoing counter – insurgency operations in the country . ”
“ If we juxtapose this with the increasing focus and criticism of military operations at both local and international levels , the need to act within the laws during military operations therefore becomes undeniably imperative . ”
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said the retreat was to bring stakeholders , NAF legal officers and fighter pilots together to enhance their operations for better service delivery .

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