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NEW DETENTION CENTER FOR BOKO HARAM DETAINED INSURGETNS UNDERCONSTRUCTION IN BRONO.

NIGERIA ARMY

The Nigerian Army commerce work on building of a detention center in Borno for the management of detainee insurgents during investigations.

Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, said this in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri. He said that the project had become important to enhance the management of detained insurgents, in accordance with international best practices.

The statement said that Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was represented at the foundation-laying ceremony of the project by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the Chief of Logistics, Army Headquarters.

Buratai said that the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East had necessitated the arrest and detention of suspected insurgents, who must be properly catered for in accordance with international best practices.

“The quest for a functional safe holding facility, with adequate sanitary conditions for effective management of suspected insurgents for further investigation, is the driving force behind the execution of the project.

“To relieve the frontline units of the responsibility of administering arrested suspects, there is the need to have a facility where suspects will be kept and properly managed.

“This is the reason why the Joint Investigation Centre was established,’’ he added.

Buratai said that the facility would also serve as transit holding and detention centre for suspected insurgents before handing them over to the relevant prosecution or rehabilitation agencies.

Mr Markus Dolder, Head of Sub-Delegation of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), lauded the project, describing it as “indication of compliance by the Nigerian Army with global best practices”.

“I am very much impressed about the efforts that have been launched over the last few months; they are more than what we actually thought could come, and this is more than what we could potentially dream of,’’ he said.

He called on the Nigerian Army to keep its own part of the bargain by striving to meet global best practices in ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of detainees.

 

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