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The Nigerian Air Force has promised to abide by the provisions of international humanitarian laws during its operations.

The service said it was ready to engage with organisations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross among others to achieve this.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar, disclosed this during the ICRC team visit to the NAF headquarters in Abuja.

A statement on Tuesday by NAF’s Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Edward Gabkwet, said Abubakar commended the ICRC for providing research and training assistance in various operation theatres and colleagues.

It partly read, “The Chief of the Air Staff extended his gratitude for ICRC’s substantial contributions to NAF’s activities. He specifically noted the impactful role played by ICRC in areas of humanitarian assistance, training, and research in operational theatres, units, colleges, and training institutions.

“He also emphasised the positive influence of ICRC’s involvement in enhancing the handling of humanitarian activities. Air Marshal Abubakar echoed the sentiments of collaboration and cooperation and reiterated NAF’s readiness to engage with ICRC and other organisations in ensuring adherence to humanitarian laws while executing operations.

“The meeting concluded on a positive note, highlighting the commitment of both organisations to jointly address and overcome humanitarian challenges.”

The ICRC team, led by Mr Yann Bonzon, said the collaboration between the organisation and NAF was to ensure individuals who are affected by armed conflicts are treated with dignity.

“Yann disclosed that the ongoing collaboration between the NAF and ICRC reflects a shared commitment to upholding humanitarian values and ensuring the humane treatment of individuals impacted by armed conflicts.

“He also noted that the dialogue between the two organisations serves as a testament to their dedication to advancing humanitarian efforts and fostering a culture of respect for human rights amid the challenges posed by conflict situations,” the statement added.

He also expressed the organisation’s commitment to continue dialogue with the NAF until common ground is reached on addressing humanitarian needs.

The International Humanitarian Laws, also known as the laws of war or the law of armed conflict, are a set of legal principles and rules that regulate the conduct of armed conflicts.

The ICRC has been collaborating with armed forces worldwide to ensure the lives and dignity of those affected by war and internal violence are protected.


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