The Nigerian military says it has began an investigation into the killing and assault on its personnel by officers of the Nigeria Police Force.
In a letter dated November 23, 2021, to all formations and items, the Chief of Army Staff referred to as on navy officers to “forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the Nigerian Army.”
The letter solely obtained by SaharaReporters was signed by Major General J. A. Ataguba titled, ‘Evaluating Incidences Of Police Brutality Against Personnel Of Nigerian Army.’
It can also be mandated to guage and current proof surrounding the circumstances and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints raised.
The letter learn, “The NA is constitutionally tasked to offer help to civil authorities when referred to as upon. This accountability has occasioned conducting joint actions with members of the civil and paramilitary organizations. These joint operations with different safety companies notably the Nigerian Police (NP) create events for the police to equate its hierarchy with the NA and this has typically led to friction, particularly on the decrease ranges.
“This friction has sometimes led to bodily hurt and in some circumstances dying to our troops. This is despite the truth that the victims have been recognized and established to be serving personnel.
“This Dept is due to this fact conducting an analysis of those occurrences with a view to establishing the frequency and suggest attainable remedial measures to stem the tide. Consequently, all NA corps, formations and institutions are please requested to ahead all recorded incidence of police brutality towards personnel of the NA.
“The report ought to cowl the final 2 years. Returns to succeed in this NLT 8 December 21 and ought to be forwarded utilizing enclosed formal.“
Police brutality is widespread in Nigeria and was accountable for sparking the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria final yr.
Nigerian youths in October 2020 took to the streets to protest towards extrajudicial killings and brutality by the police, particularly by a unit of the police often known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.