Army constructs holding facility for insurgents

Tukur-Buratai

The Nigerian Army says it has embarked on the construction of a holding facility in Borno State to improve management of detained insurgents during investigations. Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, said this in a statement on Friday in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said that the project had become imperative to enhance the management of detained insurgents, in accordance with international best practices. The statement said that Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, was represented at the foundation-laying ceremony of the project by Maj.-Gen. Enobong Udoh, the Chief of Logistics, Army Headquarters.

Buratai said that the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the North-East had necessitated the arrest and detention of suspected insurgents, who must be properly catered for in accordance with international best practices. “The quest for a functional safe holding facility, with adequate sanitary conditions for effective management of suspected insurgents for further investigation, is the driving force behind the execution of the project.

“To relieve the frontline units of the responsibility of administering arrested suspects, there is the need to have a facility where suspects will be kept and properly managed. “This is the reason why the Joint Investigation Centre was established,’’ he added.