Air Force restates commitment to human rights protection

Martha Obi, Abuja

The Nigerian Air Force, NAF has restated its commitment to human rights protection adding that it is what the force stands for.

The Director Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya who stated this, recalled that on 24 May 2017, there were reports of some NAF personnel being involved in a fracas on the campus of the University of Osun State, UNIOSUN Ipetu Ijesha.

Air Commodore Adesanya said “being a highly professional force, with utmost respect for human rights, the NAF immediately commenced formal investigations into the reported unfortunate incidence and also assured the general public that any NAF personnel found culpable will be dealt with in accordance with the appropriate laws”.

He said the NAF Board of Inquiry into the incidence has now submitted its report to the NAF Headquarters.

According to him, “there were certain fundamental issues, which the report did not adequately address, and necessary directives have therefore been issued for the report to be further enriched. Notwithstanding, the report revealed that an airman of the NAF, who was allegedly relating with cultists and gangsters from UNIOSUN, was indeed involved in the fracas”.

Consequently, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, has “directed that appropriate charges be immediately preferred against the airman, in compliance with the provisions of the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.

The CAS has further directed that necessary steps be taken towards mending the relationship between members of the UNIOSUN Community, on the one side, and the NAF personnel in Ipetu Ijesha, on the other side.

“One of such steps would be the organisation of a novelty football between members of both communities”.

“It is important to reiterate that the unfortunate incidence is not a reflection of what the NAF stands for and once again, inconveniences to all concerned parties are highly regretted”.