Major Ajibade Azeez Atobatele, a Nigerian Army lawyer of the Directorate of Army Legal Services, has finished with distinction in International Human Rights and Terrorism Law, coming top in his class at the University of Lancaster, United Kingdom.
Major Atobatele who was honoured at the convocation ceremony of the University, held in the UK; also bagged the Best Dissertation Award of the University’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
The Law School has offered him a doctoral degree admission in order to further his research on legal issues surrounding the war against insurgency in Nigeria.
Professor Sigrun Skogly, the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in the Lancaster University Law School, who attested to Atobatele’s exceptional academic performance, stated in a letter written to the Nigerian Embassy in London, that the Army officer did exceptionally well and achieved the highest mark of his cohort – a mark she described as rarely awarded by the university.
Meanwhile, the development has been attributed to the Federal Government’s efforts in ensuring that the war against Boko Haram insurgency and other insecurity challenges is holistic; using a combination of battle tactics and intellectual strategies.
The Defence Headquarters had stated that serious steps were being taken by the military and other security agencies to ensure that human rights issues are always upheld sacredly in their operational activities.