US embassy cable - 01ABUJA1520

NIGERIA: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ON USE OF PEPPER SPRAY DURING 3SFG DEPLOYMENT

Identifier: 01ABUJA1520
Wikileaks: View 01ABUJA1520 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Abuja
Created: 2001-05-26 21:10:00
Classification: SECRET
Tags: PREL MASS MARR NI
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S E C R E T ABUJA 001520 
 
SIPDIS 
 
 
DEPARTMENT FOR AF/W BOOTH AND AF/RA BITTRICK 
 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/28/2011 
TAGS: PREL, MASS, MARR, NI 
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ON USE OF PEPPER 
SPRAY DURING 3SFG DEPLOYMENT 
 
REF: A. VAIHINGEN 041449Z MAY 01 
     B. CJCS 262110Z MAY 01 
     C. MARTSCHENKO TO ANDREWS EMAIL 16 MAY 01 (AND 
        PREVIOUS) 
     D. ANDREWS TO BOOTH EMAIL 21 MAY 01 
 
 
(U) Classified by Ambassador Howard F. Jeter for reasons 1.5 
(d). 
 
 
1. (U) Post responded to Ref C request for concurrence on use 
of pepper spray with Ref D (email).  However, this cable is 
being sent to establish a front-channel record response to 
Ref C. 
 
 
2. (S) Ambassador Jeter concurs in equipping OFR trainers 
with pepper spray while in Nigeria for OFR P3, as requested 
in Ref A and Ref C, provided that the following conditions 
are met: 
 
 
A) Written rules for employment of the pepper spray must be 
explicit and as restrictive as feasible, and the Ambassador 
will receive a copy, 
B) The Ambassador must be informed immediately if pepper 
spray is employed (with no delay beyond absolute operational 
necessity).  If he is not present, then the senior Embassy 
Officer present must be so informed, 
C) OFR trainers receive a situational awareness/security 
briefing from the Lagos or Abuja RSO at the earliest feasible 
time prior to their deployment; and, 
D) Copies of written SOPs for avoiding conflict situations 
will be provided to the Ambassador.  Trainers will receive 
reminders on these SOPs to the extent that unit commanders 
feel necessary to ensure full compliance. 
 
 
3. (U) Post appreciates the understanding from EUCOM, Joint 
Staff and 3SFG of Post's concerns and efforts to ensure the 
security of trainers and Mission personnel during this 
important exercise.  Regards. 
Jeter 

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