ByÂ Kingsley Omonobi
Abuja â€” Chief ofÂ Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Paul Dike, said yesterday that Nigeriaâ€™s increasing involvement in military peace support operations at the regional and sub-regional levels has made it imperative that the law of armed conflicts which has become sacrosanct as against the domestic laws which are dynamic, form part of the curriculum of training for such operations.
Speaking at the opening of a 5-day workshop on the integrated law of armed conflict in the training and doctrine of Nigerian Armed Forces, organised in conjunction with the Red Cross, the CDS said: â€œGiven the fact that our military is increasingly getting involved in many operations globally and therefore should be in tune with the most recent updates on the laws of armed conflict when conducting such operations, the timing of the workshop is apt.
â€œIt is on record that the international committee of the Red Cross has worked in close collaboration with the Nigerian armed forces over the years. This is evident in the over 180 officers and soldiers who have benefitted from your training.
â€œThe present level of sensitisation and implementation of the law of armed conflict in our operations is also an eloquent testimony of your achievements,” he said.