The Nigerian Army on Thursday restated its determination to continue to respect the rule of law and ensure that its personnel conduct themselves within the ambit of law at all times.
The Chief of Army of Staff, Tukur Buratai gave the pledge at the launch of a book entitled: “Introduction to Military Law Practices and Procedure in Nigeria’’ in Abuja.
The book was written by Bernard Okorie, a retired Colonel, who once served in the Legal Department in the Nigerian army.
Buratai said that there had been continuous awareness as regards human rights and international humanitarian law which no organisation or institution could afford to ignore.
“No institution these days will ever skip the watchful eyes of some international non-governmental organisations and even international bodies like UN, Commonwealth, AU and the rest in their observance of human rights.’’
He said that the book could not have come at a better time than now that the military was engaged in counter insurgency and internal security operations in many parts of the country.
Buratai said those operations required the maintenance of high level of discipline as erring personnel were bound to face trial.
He commended the author, saying the book simplifies “summary and court martial trials which makes up the major aspects of military justice system in Nigeria.
“It can serve as a practical guide to commanders at different levels who conduct summary trials and can equally guide members of the courts martial on a step by step basis on what is required of them,’’ he said.