An investigative hearing on alleged human rights violation by the Nigerian military, has begun in Abuja, with witnesses making submissions that revolved around abuse, and threats to their human dignity.
The panel promised to be independent in their conduct, while assuring all parties of fairness, in its proceedings.
TVC News Senior Correspondent Sumner Sambo reports that the panel has been set up by the Nigerian government following allegations by citizens and international organizations that some officers and men of the military operate outside set procedures and engage in extra-judicial killings and violation of human rights.
The panel begun its hearing with several military officials in attendance to hear and respond to petitions by groups against the army and Air Force in particular.
The first hearing was a case brought by a Tiv community in Benue state which accused the army of backing Jukun and Fulani’s in Taraba state against them in what is a border dispute.
After two witnesses appeared, the case was adjourned till Tuesday.
Officials at the investigative hearing assured all parties that their recommendations after the exercise will be fair to all.
The panel was inaugurated last month by then Acting President Yemi Osinbajo. It has 90 days to submit its recommendations out of which 30 days have already been exhausted.