The Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Barr. Tony Ojukwu, has suggested transitional justice as a tool for Reconciliation, Reintegration and Reconstruction of Communities that are affected by insurgency in the North-East.
He said the process must be “effectively sustained in the atmosphere of peace and community process of transitional, restitutive and restorative justice”.
Ojukwu according to a statement issued by Deputy Director, Public Affairs unit, Hajia Fatimah Agwai Mohammed, gave his suggestion, during the Entry Dialogue and Stakeholders’ Consultative Workshop on Reconciliation, Transitional and Restorative Justice in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe State.
At the event which served as an inaugural activity of the Commission’s new partnership with the United Nation Development Fund (UNDP) supported by the European Union (EU) in the implementation of a project to promote Reconciliation, Reintegration and Transitional Justice in the North-East, Ojukwu said the effort of Federal and State Government at deradicalizing the Boko Haram insurgents and reintegrating them to communities should include the process of non-formal transitional and restitutive justice, anchored on human rights and social inclusion.
According to Ojukwu, the project which will be implemented in the epicentre of insurgency is targeted at seven communities within the region, adding that the project is aimed at building capacity for peace and reconciliation, setting up of community framework for transitional justice, and providing a platform for community participatory restorative justice. He stated that “the project is community-based and its success will be achieved with the full corporation and partnership of traditional and community leaders”.
In her remarks, the Head of UNDP Nigeria North-East Sub-Office Mizuko Yokoi noted that the effective resolution of conflict in the North-East is an all-encompassing venture which must involve both the government and individuals. She maintained that “reconciliation and resolution of conflict are about love, compassion, and forgiveness, adding that healing the wounded hearts, minds and the community is the core of sustainable transformation”.
Despite the challenges that may be envisaged in the course of implementing the project, the regional Sub-head pledged the commitment and support of the UN body in achieving the objectives of the project, “We all know that this work is challenging, considering that the insurgency still poses a real threat. Nonetheless, the UNDP will continue to provide support, especially strengthening local systems for prevention of conflict, enhancing the local systems of peacebuilding, promoting reconciliation and advancing State-level action” Yokoi said.
She encouraged the participation of traditional institutions saying “We also acknowledge the significance of the traditional system of community dispute management, religious/traditional practices, local customs, values, and others in contributing to community reconciliation processes”.
At the event were Solicitor Generals and Permanent Secretaries of the respective State Ministries of Justice and Ministry of Reconciliation Reconstruction and Rehabilitation (RRR), representing their Commissioners. Representative of his Royal Majesty the Shehu of Borno and other traditional rulers were also at the event and pledged their individual and collective commitment and support for this noble course. The chairman of the North East CSOs Ambassador Shehu Ahmed and other relevant CSOs including the NBA were all in attendance.
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Bandits Chase Residents Out Of Kaduna Village For Failing To Pay Tax
Residents of Kidandan community in Giwa Local Government area of Kaduna State were chased out of their ancestral homes in their hundreds over the weekend for failing to pay tax to bandits.
The bandits had raided their community for hours, shooting indiscriminately, resulting in the killing of many residents and abduction of many others.
Some survivors told reporters that the bandits, who had previously terrorized the community, increased their aggression after some farmers failed to pay the levies imposed on them.
The Kaduna State Police Command did not respond to the inquiries made about the incident, as the Command’s spokesman, ASP Mansur Hassan, promised to call our correspondent back but had not done so at press time.
A resident, who preferred anonymity, said: “For the past six days, bandits have been frequenting Kidandan. But this attack was particularly devastating. They instilled terror, stole belongings, and abducted our people.
“Every resident of Kidandan lives in extreme fear. Our women and children are leaving in large numbers. The sudden and unplanned exodus is striking. They seek safety, heading to Zaria and other seemingly secured areas to stay with friends and relatives.”
It was alleged that instead of a permanent security presence, patrols were the only form of occasional security in the community.
This, it was alleged, allowed the bandits to strike whenever they sensed the absence of security operatives.
The Kaduna Bombing Incident Will Not Be Swept Under The Carpet – Ribadu
The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu has visited the Tudun Biri village of Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State to commiserate with the people over bombing incident.
While 85 persons were confirmed dead in the strike and scores were injured in the most recent military mishap, Ribadu and the lawmakers are commending the commitment of security agencies to reducing the security challenges in the region.
The NSA who was in the village on a fact-finding mission, assured that the bombing incident will not be swept under the carpet. He promised that a holistic investigation would soon commence to avert the recurrence of such an incident.
“We are here to physically see and also talk directly to the people, victims, and families and make an assessment for the Federal Government. It is a tragedy and misfortune. But it has happened. What matters is: how we move forward, what we going to learn from here, and what exactly we need to do,” Ribadu added.
He commended Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State for his display of maturity and leadership in handling of the unfortunate incident, particularly in providing relief materials and other logistics to the victims.
Kaduna Bombing: Northern Lawyers Vow To Sue FG
Lawyers, under the auspices of the Concerned Northern Forum, have vowed to institute legal action against the Federal Government, demanding the payment of adequate compensation for the victims of Tudun Biri bombed by the military airstrikes in Kaduna State.
Recall that over 120 villagers were killed while celebrating Maulud last Sunday night.
Speaking for the Northern Lawyers Forum, Barrister Nafi’u Abubakar, noted that the forum would ensure that the families that suffered irreparable loss as a result of this unfortunate incident get justice.
Nafi’u, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday, urged the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to ensure a thorough and independent investigation into this incident.
“It is imperative that those responsible are held accountable for their actions, and measures are put in place to prevent any recurrence of such incidents in the future.
“We also urge the Nigerian Army to reevaluate its rules of engagement and training procedures to prevent the loss of innocent lives during military operations. It is vital that the Nigerian Army, as a defender of the nation, exercises utmost caution to avoid any further instances of collateral damage and civilian casualties,” he said.
The forum, with over 600 members, extended their deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones during the tragic incident.
“We stand united with them in their grief and pledge our unwavering support in ensuring justice is served.
“The Concerned Northern Lawyers Forum will work tirelessly to pursue legal means to claim the compensation that is owed to the victims,” he said. Vanguard.
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