© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A Nigerian army guard, unnamed to guard his identification, who noticed abortions being carried out on Nigerian girls as a part of a secret program run by the Nigerian army, poses for a portrait in an undisclosed location in Nigeria, October
LAGOS (Reuters) – Nigeria’s human rights fee has appointed a particular panel whose function will embody investigating a Reuters report that the army ran a secret abortion programme in its battle towards Islamist insurgents within the northeast.
The Nigerian army mentioned it might not perform an investigation as a result of the report was not true.
The Nationwide Human Rights Fee (NHRC), which is appointed by the federal government, mentioned in a press release posted on its web site on Tuesday that it might launch the particular panel subsequent week in Abuja.
“The Nationwide Human Rights Fee will on Tuesday (seventh February 2023) inaugurate a Particular Impartial Investigative Panel on human rights violations within the implementation of counterinsurgency operations within the northeast,” NHRC mentioned
“The panel will, amongst different issues concentrate on investigating Reuters report which alleged that Nigerian Army was concerned in abortion of many pregnancies within the North East within the final 10 years,” NHRC mentioned.
The seven-member panel might be chaired by retired Supreme Court docket choose Abdu Aboki and features a retired main basic, a consultant from the Nigerian Bar Affiliation and an professional in obstetrics and gynaecology, NHRC mentioned.
It was not instantly clear how lengthy the investigation would final and what the panel would do with its findings. NHCR has no powers to prosecute human rights violators however can suggest prosecution for offenders.
An NHRC spokesperson didn’t reply to calls and messages despatched to their cell phone looking for additional particulars.
Reuters reported in December, based mostly on dozens of witness accounts and documentation, that the army abortion programme concerned terminating no less than 10,000 pregnancies amongst girls and women, lots of whom had been kidnapped and raped by Islamist militants.