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Nigeria: ICRC briefs Nigerian armed forces in Niger Delta

09-04-2010 News Release 10/56

Abuja (ICRC) – More than 100 members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) have attended briefings by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The briefings covered the role of the ICRC and the Nigerian Red Cross in the Niger Delta, together with the principles of respect for life and human dignity as they apply in that troubled region.

©ICRC / R. Waudo 
Mamadou Sow, head of the ICRC sub-delegation in Port Harcourt, distributes copies of the "Code of Conduct for Combatants". 
©ICRC / R. Waudo 
Adamu Abubakar, Master Warrant Officer of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, gives advice to his men. 

The JTF consists of Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force personnel deployed in the Niger Delta.

These first briefings took place on 30 and 31 March 2010 at JTF Headquarters in Yenogoa, Bayelsa State. They formed part of a series that the ICRC has planned with the support of senior JTF commanders, and will continue until May 2011. JTF personnel will receive briefings wherever they are deployed in the Niger Delta, which in some cases will mean navigating the waterways to reach personnel deployed along remote creeks.

The ICRC is already working with the Nigerian Red Cross Society in these remote areas, providing first-aid training and first-aid kits for communities with little or no access to medical services.

For further information, please contact:
  Robin Waudo, ICRC Abuja, tel: +234 703 595 4168
  Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 24 58 or +41 79 217 32 24