Why the Abuse of Human Rights by the Military in Nigeria 2015 -2019 need to be brought to the attention of the International Community

T.K. Adekunle, Hilary Nwaechefu


Human rights abuses by the military in Nigeria had existed since the first military coup in 1996 till date. Some international human rights organizations had wadded into Human rights abuses by the military and made reports after conducting investigations. The primary objectives of this paper will therefore be to identify human rights challenges caused by the military in the Nigeria society. This paper will approach the Human rights abuses by the military in Nigeria by reference to statute books, Internet sources, Newspaper publications and text books. The findings in this paper, amongst others, is that despite the constitutional guarantee on human rights and the provisions of international law, the Nigeria government appear not have given due attention to check mate the military hostility. There is legislation on mode of military operation but this legislation has not been well monitored and enforced. This paper will high light some of the Human rights abuses by the military in Nigeria between 2015 and 2019 and make useful recommendations toward restoring sanity in the military activities. This paper will further make useful recommendations toward preventing future human rights abuses by the military and thereby ameliorate the hardships of the victims of brutality.

Key words: Human rights, brutality, human torture, maltreatment, investigations.

DOI: 10.7176/JLPG/83-15

Publication date: March 31st 2019

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