Governor Ambode warns Nigerian military over abuse of human rights
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode wants the Nigerian military to respect the rule of law in its operations and relations with civilians – The governor of Lagos notes that the people of the country can only continue to respect the military if it obeys the rule of law – Ambode, however, commends the security agencies for helping to restore peace in the country Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has asked the Nigerian military and other security agencies across the country to train their officers on the principles of the rule of law to guarantee cordial relationship with civilians. Legit.ng learnt that Ambode noted that the continued respect the military will continue to enjoy from the civilians would follow an understanding of their rights and respect for such by the security agency. New Telegraph reports that the governor, who was represented by Idiat Adebule, his deputy, at a two-day national workshop organised by the federal ministry of defence said the event was timely.
The governor said there is an increasing need to strengthen the capacity of the Armed Forces and other security agencies. “By fulfilling their national security functions, security agencies play a key role in enabling an environment in which the rule of law is maintained. “The fundamental role of any government is to guarantee the welfare and security of citizens, to this extent, security agencies represent an institution and an instrument through which this overriding responsibility of government is achieved,” the governor said. He, however, commended members of the Armed Forces and the other security agencies over their efforts to restore peace in the country. He also pleaded with the military to always remember that they are bound by the rule of law and the constitution of the country. The group said the exercise has put an end to criminal elements in southeast and the Operation Python Dance III will put an end to all forms of intimidation, coercion, force and blackmail which the agents of darkness had programmed to use in truncating the 2019 general elections across the south east. Charles Mbani, the national president of the group, said the group will willingly support the Army to ensure a free and fair election next month.