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NHRC panel probes military brigades, hospitals over forced abortion allegation

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The panel set up by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to investigate alleged forced abortions on civilians by the military was in Adamawa State Friday to begin a probe of military brigades and hospitals.

The panel which began its investigation into the matter last month was in Yola for a hearing in which members interviewed two brigade Commanders: Brigadier General Beyidi Martins who is the Commander of the 28 Taskforce Brigade in Chibok, Borno State; and Brigadier General Mohammed Gambo who is the Commander of the 23 Armoured Brigade, Yola.

Secretary of the NHRC Investigative Panel, Mr Hilary Ogbona, who posed the panel’s questions to the generals, had earlier said in his opening address that 50 such military leaders, other stakeholders and the purported victims of the alleged forced abortions had been interviewed in the investigations that began last month and had covered Borno and Yobe states.

He said the investigations would continue and the panel’s findings would be made public at the end of its sittings.

He said the panel would on Saturday visit military and civilian hospitals around Adamawa State as part of its investigative tour.

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