On Wednesday, Peoples Gazette released a report published by the Nigerian army that states that members of the force have been allegedly brutalized by police personnel.
The army spokesman, James Ataguba alleged that members of the Nigerian army have been attacked and killed on many occasions by police personnel.
Buttressing his point, James Ataguba added that in most cases, the police try to introduce violence during a mission and they try to make their hierarchy or supervisor position known to army personnel.
He said ” All NA corps, formations, and establishments are requested to forward all recorded incidence of police brutality against personnel of the NA. The report should cover the last two years. ”
” Police brutality has led to bodily harm and the death of personnel, we urged all units to submit the necessary data on or before December 8, 2021. Joint operations with other security agencies particularly the Nigerian Police (NP) create occasions for the police to equate its hierarchy with the NA and this has often led to friction especially at the lower levels. ”
” The friction has occasionally led to bodily harm and in some cases death to our troops. This is even though the victims have been identified and established to be serving personnel. We are evaluating these occurrences to establish the frequency and recommend possible remedial measures to stem the tide. ”
Meanwhile, the document obtained from Peoples Gazette added that ” It’ s clear that both the Nigerian Police and the Nigerian military saddled with the responsibilities of securing lives have over time been embroiled in the brutalization and extrajudicial killing of Nigerians. Report of the Lagos Judicial Panel of Inquiry on the Lekki Tollgate shooting also indicted both institutions in the shooting of unarmed youths who protested against police brutality and extrajudicial killings last year. ”
” Also, after the Nigerian Army left, the Nigeria Police Force, followed up with the killing of the protesters, shooting directly at fleeing protesters into the shanties and the Lagoon at the Lekki Phase 1 Foreshore, close to the Lekki Toll Gate, floating corpse and one- shot close to Serah Ibrahim. Both institutions have been labeled criminal organizations by rights organizations and a Canadian court for their constant violations of human rights. ”
” Much documentary evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that the NPF and the MOPOL unit committed human rights violations during Mr. Ukoniwe’ s service, and it was unlikely that he did not know about these generalized violations despite the evidence that his awareness of criminal activity and human rights violations were limited to low- level corruption within the NPF. “