Borno State Renovates Bama Army Barracks

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has on behalf of the Officers and Soldiers of the Nigerian Army commended the Executive Governor of Borno State, His Excellency, Honourable Kashim Shettima for embarking on the renovation of Nigerian Army Barracks in Bama, Borno State that commenced since Tuesday.

The Chief of Army Staff wish to note with great appreciation Governor Kashim Shettima’s consistent support to the Nigerian Army overtime.

He particularly wish to thank Governor Shettima for his unrelenting support to Operation LAFIYA DOLE which assisted in the defeat of the Boko Haram terrorists and the kind gesture of the Borno State Government in providing land for the newly established Nigerian Army University in the State.

Lieutenant General Buratai regards the commencement of renovation works in Bama Barracks as timely as it would provide a more conducive environment for the troops to settle and discharge their duties of providing security for the entire Bama community and environs.

OLATOKUNBO ADESANYA
Air Commodore
Director of Public Relations and Information
Nigerian Air Force
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NMA Provides Free Medical Service to over 800 Plateau Prison Inmates

More than 800 inmates of Jos Prison benefited from free medical services offered by the Nigerian Medical Association, Plateau State chapter.

The chairman of NMA Plateau State Chapter Dr.Daniel Meshak stated that the outreach is geared towards complementing the effort of the Federal Government in ensuring that inmates get good access to comprehensive health services and also to identify other areas of health needs for proper intervention.

The one day medical programme saw inmates undergo general consultation, eye check, dental treatment and surgery on lipoma excision, herniarrophy, tooth extraction and appendicitis.

The medical team also gave a health talk on personal hygiene and distributed toiletries.

Responding on behalf of the Controller of Prisons Plateau State Command, the Deputy controller of Prisons in-charge Jos Prison, Makale Kurmi commended the plausible gesture and contributions of NMA to the Nigerian Prison Service and called on other professional bodies, NGOs, and well meaning Nigerians to emulate this good effort towards improving the general conditions of inmates in custody.

LUKA AYEDOO
COMMAND PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
PLATEAU STATE COMMAND
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NAF Should Provide More Details on Rann Bombing-CIVIC

The Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) has in response to the statement by Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on the bombing of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Rann, called for more answers from the Nigerian Air Force (NAF)-principal actor in the ugly incident.

The Senior Director of Programs, CIVIC, Ms. Marla Keenan, in a statement on Wednesday, acknowledged the efforts and explanations by the Nigerian military authorities but noted that it still falls short of mitigating civilian harm.

According Keenan: “The January bombing of the IDP camp in Borno by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) is a stark reminder that the Nigerian government and its security forces should work quickly to further develop their capabilities to protect civilians during military operations. If they fail to do so, they risk civilian lives in future preventable incidents.

“We encourage the Nigerian military to share with the general public the findings from the Board of Inquiry and to release the full report on the incident in accordance with global best practices on investigations into civilian harm.”

She said that CIVIC acknowledged the positive step, described by Air Commodore Adesanya on July 24, to provide medical care to IDPs in Borno state.

However, she noted, there is much more to do to ensure the civilians harmed at Rann receive the help they deserve and that civilians are better protected in future operations.

To this end, Keenan encouraged the Nigerian government and security forces to:

Create and fund a government-wide Protection of Civilians (POC) policy to build the capacity of the Nigerian military and security forces to effectively protect civilians from various armed non-state actors as well as from their own operations.Continue efforts to make amends to the victims of the Rann bombing.

She expressed CIVIC belief “that if the Nigerian government takes the hard but necessary steps to better protect civilians during and after military operations, relations between civilians and the Nigerian military and security forces will improve. Civilians should not have to fear those who should be their protectors.”

Keenan noted that CIVIC’s mission is to improve protection for civilians caught in conflicts around the world.

“We call on and advise international organizations, governments, militaries, and armed non-state actors to adopt and implement policies to prevent civilian harm.

When civilians are harmed we advocate for the provision of amends and post-harm assistance. We bring the voices of civilians themselves to those making decisions affecting their lives,” she stated .

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