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Northern elders threaten to drag FG to ICJ

15 May 2013, 10:06

Abuja - Nigeria risks being taken to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to answer to charges of genocide after more than 185 people were killed during a recent confrontation between Government troops and suspected members of Boko Haram.

The Northern Elders Forum of Nigeria threatened to drag the federal government to court following the deaths in Baga.

This was the latest in a series of disturbances in the northern parts of the country, prompting President Goodluck Jonathan declaring a state of emergency on Tuesday.

Following a meeting with Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, the Northern Elders Forum revealed a team of lawyers will visit Baga town and come up with findings that will determine its decision.

Officials said if anyone was liable and ordered the killings, they should be tried by the ICJ.

Speaking on behalf of the Northern Elders Forum, Alhaji Ango Abdullahi, said, "The killing of innocent civilians in Baga town is grossly unacceptable pointing out that the necessary findings must be made to fish out the perpetrators and bring them to justice."

 - CAJ News


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