Irabor Reacts To Allegation Of Forced Abortions By Military Officers

The chief of defence staff, Lucky Irabor, has described the report that the Nigerian army forced abortions as a rude shock.

Irabor disclosed this when he testified before the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, investigative on Friday.

Lucky Irabor

The panel was set up to investigate a report by Reuters on alleged human rights violations in counter-insurgency operations in the north-east.

He said the claims were strange, noting that the army did not stigmatise children fathered by the Boko Haram insurgents in the region.

Irabor added that the army officers reportedly interviewed in the publication would be granted immunity to testify, noting that they should be brought before the panel.

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“The allegations came as a ‘rude shock to me. It is a rude shock to me that someone could orchestrate such a report,” NAN quoted Irabor as saying.

“There are strange allusions, if they say we want to stop regeneration of Boko Haram children, on what grounds.

“We are not responsible for the stigmatization of the women who bore children for Boko Haram insurgents, we don’t know them.

“Who are the officers, I will give them immunity to come and testify before the panel on what they have alleged.

“Throughout my I stay as a commander, I never heard of who are referred as wives of Boko Haram insurgents.

“I never witnessed it, it is a strange allusion to the arrangement within the armed forces. We have disciplined procedures, if the officer saddled with a responsibility did not report how do I know?

“The military facility under my control is open. There is nothing secretive going on there.

“Whoever will disparage the men and women of the armed forces who have put their lives in the forefront, is doing a damage.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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