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The National Human Rights Commission is to set up an investigative panel to look into alleged forceful abortion of pregnancies in the North East by the military.

A foreign media organisation, Reuters had reported that the Nigerian military participated in alleged forceful abortion of pregnancies of women who were in Boko Haram captivity before their rescue by the military.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Chief Tony Ojukwu OFR, SAN who disclosed the readiness of the NHRC to carry out the probe when he received the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor and other top military officers noted that the exercise is in line with the mandate of the Commission and that the investigation will be open, transparent and fair to all parties.

Earlier, the CDS, General Irabor told the Executive Secretary that the Nigerian military has always maintained a high level of respect for the rule of law and human rights and could not have participated in such a despicable act as was reported by Reuters.

General Irabor therefore declared that the Reuter’s report is false saying that it was masterminded by those who intend to malign the military which he noted has been at the centre of the counter insurgency operations in the North East.