18 January 2014

Nigeria: Northern Elders to Drag Ihejirika to ICC

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Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika.

Kaduna — The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has disclosed its resolve to drag the immediate past Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika to the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC) in The Hague.

The forum said the former Army chief and six others are to be charged for extra-judicial killings by soldiers in Bama and strangulation of civilians in Giwa Barrack, with the use of underground detention centre.

In a statement issued yesterday, the forum's spokesman, Professor Ango Abdullahi, said NEF has received report of extra-judicial killings by soldiers in Bama and other parts of Borno State.

It would be recalled that the Northern Elders Forum had set up the two committees of legal and security experts to investigate the details of the gruesome use of force against unarmed civilians in Bama and other parts of Borno State and forward appropriate recommendations.

"At our meeting in Kaduna on January 15, 2014, we received the reports of the two committees on Security and Legal Matters, regarding extra-judicial killings by soldiers in Bama and the act of strangulating civilians in Giwa Barracks using an underground detention centre, while depositing the corps in hospital.

"The Forum has, therefore resolved to harmonise the reports of the two committees, preparatory to filing a case of extra-judicial killings by the Nigerian Army under the then Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Azubuike Ihejirika and six others.

"The reports will be harmonised at our emergency meeting in Abuja on Wednesday January 22, 2014 for further action", the statement read.

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