26 April 2013

Nigeria: Baga Massacre Is Crime Against Humanity - ACN

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Nigerian Military

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said that the killing of 185 people, mostly women and children, in Baga, Borno State, may constitute a crime against humanity and should attract the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

The party observed that since the Nigerian government was either unwilling or unable to prosecute those involved going by precedence, the ICC should take over the matter.

In a statement in Lagos, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said that far beyond the justifiable call for a judicial commission of inquiry into the Baga massacre; it was time to hold leaders under whose watch these killings were perpetrated accountable.

It said the killings in Baga, like previous ones in the areas where Boko Haram and the military Joint Task Force (JTF) have been engaged in clashes, were undoubtedly a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population.

According to the ACN, those engaged in the killings, including the Boko Haram sect could not and must not get away with these heinous crimes.

The party said that the only reasons that the killing and maiming of innocent citizens have continued unabated in Nigeria was because such killings in the past, either in Odi in Bayelsa State or in Zaki-Biam in Benue State under the watch of then President Olusegun Obasanjo, went unpunished.

"Enough is enough. Even in countries at war, innocent citizens are not being daily mowed to death either by insurgents or state forces as we are experiencing in Nigeria.

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