Practice Relating to Rule 72. Poison and Poisoned Weapons
Under Nigeria’s Military Manual (1994), it is prohibited “to employ poison or poisoned weapons”.
Nigeria’s Manual on the Laws of War states: “The use of poison or poisonous weapons is prohibited.” It adds: “Smearing any substance [on bullets] likely to inflame a wound is also prohibited.”
The manual includes “using … poisoned … arms or ammunition [and] poisoning of wells, streams and other sources of water supply” in its list of war crimes.
Nigeria’s Soldiers’ Code of Conduct provides that it is prohibited “to employ poison or poisoned weapons”.