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Group Storms Presidential Panel, Declares Support For The Nigerian Army.

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Members of the National Committee of Yoruba Youth and the coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria, today stormed the Ikeja High Court in Lagos, in a show of solidarity with the Nigerian Armed forces, at the sitting of the Presidential Panel set up to review the compliance of the armed forces, with Human Rights obligation and rules of engagement.

Recall, that the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo had in August this year, inaugurated a 7-man Judicial Commission to review the compliance of the military with human rights and rules of engagement.

The commission headed by a Justice of the Court of Appeal, Justice Biobele Georgewill, is expected the submit its report to the Presidency in 90 days.

Members of the panel are Major-General Patrick Akem, Mr. Wale Fapohunda, Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim, Mr. Jibrin Ibrahim, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama and a representative of the Office of the National Security Adviser.

The group who came in large numbers , said they have submitted a memorandum to the committee and have not only come to express their support for the patriotic commitment of members of the armed forces, particularly the Nigerian Army but to also brief the committee, about their observations as members of the Civil society, particularly on what it termed, "spurious allegations" against the armed forces, by some politically exposed Nigerians, who now hide, under the guise of Human Rights, to vilify the armed forces.

Addressing journalist at court premises, Convener of the group, Comrade Oladimeji Odeyemi, said the overwhelming vote of confidence, by Nigerians on the armed forces, is "our way of boosting their morale and saying thank you, to these patriotic Nigerians, who have to give all they have, for Nigeria and Nigerians".

Odeyemi, lauded the commitment of the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, for prioritizing Army/Civil relations, and adherence to discipline, within the force.