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Armed Forces submits report to review Act Cap A20 Laws

The Nigerian Armed Forces has submitted a report reviewing Act Cap laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to meet the challenges of the time.

The Nigerian Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali disclosed this in Abuja when the Committee set up to review the Armed Forces Act Cap A20 Laws of the federal of Republic Nigeria 2004 submitted its report.

Minister of Defence noted in order to lay a solid foundation for an enduring and sustainable legacy for the Armed Forces, there was the need to establish an institutional framework that would meet the yearning and aspirations of Nigerians on the one hand and the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces and on the other.

Dan Ali noted that the current Armed Forces Act is an amalgamation of the hitherto individual laws operated by the three services.

Dan Ali said that the mandate given to this Committee was to review the act to bring it into conformity with constitutional democratic principles, global best practices and standards.

He said the changing of the security environment which assigned the troops to internal security operations, counter insurgency operations and peace support operations requires that soldiers have a solid ethical outlook based on human dignity, rights, morality and tolerance.

Dan Ali noted that the mandate given to this Committee was to review the act to bring it into conformity with constitutional democratic principles, global best practices and standards.

He said this review exercise would boost the morale and enhance the welfare of the Armed Forces who were doing well in the battlefield despite all odds.

Also, the Chairperson of the Committee, Mrs Chibugo Ibekwe said the Committee bearing in mind the expectations and yearning of Nigerians and the officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces who have over the years sought for the protection of the Armed Forces themselves propose for the establishment of the Advocate General system for efficient, fair and swift administration of justice in the Armed Forces.

Mrs Ibekwe noted that though the Committee appeared to have completed its assignment, there is still more action required before the committee could say that this assignment is over.

The Committee was made up of the Legal Services from the Ministry of Defence, Federal Ministry of Justice, the Defence Headquarters, the Army, Air Force, Navy, the National Law Reform Commission and the National Human Rights Commission and notable experts on Military Law and Justice System she said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria