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The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, on Monday 26 October dared human rights activists, who had threatened to drag him and other officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army to the International Criminal Court while they are also calling for a travel ban to be placed on some military officers accused of human rights abuses in Nigeria.
Buratai said he is not afraid of any travel ban and won’t mind living in Nigeria.
The Army chief had a meeting with Army Commanders in Abuja where they deliberated on the End SARS protest and raiding of warehouses across the country.
Buratai attacked the international organizations advocating and pressing for a travel ban on top personnel and soldiers over rights abuses. According to him, his first trip outside Nigeria was when he was 50 and that he doesn’t mind if he has to live in Nigeria for the rest of his life.
“Criminal elements are threatening us with travel ban but we are not worried because we must remain in this country to make it better. The first time I traveled outside of this country, I was already 50 years and a General, so I don’t mind if I live the rest of my life here” The Cable quoted him as saying
He said recent events across the country have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to cause chaos and destabilize Nigeria by all means.
He said: “The events of the past few days in our dear nation have shown the determination of some unscrupulous individuals and groups to destabilize Nigeria by all means,” he said.
These individuals, groups, and other undesirable elements have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protest marches resulting in widespread violence, acts of wanton destruction, and looting of public and private properties in many parts of the country. These acts led to the imposition of curfew in several states of the federation.
Despite all these, the army has continued to exercise restraint applied all the principles of internal security operations and fully abided by the internationally recognized rules of engagement as contained in our published standard operating procedures for internal security operations which are derived from the International human rights laws and are in accordance with the international principles guiding the use of force.” he said