The Nigerian Army has promised to investigate and apprehend the culprits involved in torture and extra judicial killing of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist in the North East.
Army disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday and made available to journalists.
The Army drew attention to a video reportedly showing some personnel engaged in unprofessional torture and above all extra judicial killing of a suspected Boko Haram terrorist likely in the North East Theatre of Operation.
The Army clearly and strongly condemned the action of those involved (whoever they may be) in the misconduct, and that the dastardly act.
The statement said that it is “completely unacceptable, unethical and is against the cherished core values of the NA especially that of respect for others and their fundamental rights”.
“Army training, Rules of Engagement and Standing Operating Procedures, guiding the conduct of all her operations,” it said, “are unambiguous about human rights abuses and extra judicial actions including the rights of the arrested/captured terrorists/combatants.
“Troops in the various theaters of operations in Nigeria, have been consistently warned to desist from rights infractions of any form no matter the amount of desperation, anger or provocation.
“Army does not license, encourage or condone indiscipline, unprofessional conduct especially extra judicial execution of suspects or combatants.
“Where ever, such is noticed or reported, once it is confirmed, appropriate decisive sanction or punishment is usually immediately meted out to the perpetrators and this case would never be an exception.”
On seeing the gory video, the Army said it has commenced thorough investigation to apprehend the culprits with the aim to deal with them in accordance with the extant military justice system.
It, further, assured members of the public that it will surely be informed of the results of the actions taken so far.
The Army appraised itself “as a responsible and law abiding organization” and assured that it “will remain professional in the discharge of its constitutional roles and will continue to operate within the ambit of the law in line with the local and international best practices”.