Abuja - Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, has called on local and international human rights organisations to document and indict Boko Haram leaders for crime against humanity.
He condemned the renewed bombings of soft targets in Maiduguri this past weekend.
The minister, in a condolence message obtained by this publication at the weekend, described the incidents as crime against humanity which the International Criminal Court (ICC) should take up without further delay.
“The targets of Boko Haram are women, children and the elderly. Bombing civilian targets is a crime against humanity. I call on Amnesty international and Human Rights Watch and other similar groups to deploy resources towards documenting for indictments the leaders of Boko Haram. Boko Haram leaders should face trial at the ICC,” the minister said.
He commiserated with the families and victims of the bombings and appealed to civilians to be extra vigilant as defeated insurgents may have infiltrated some other areas.
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“We must be extra vigilant. We must be on guard all the time. All suspicious movements and objects should be reported to the police and other security personnel immediately,” Wakil advised.
He re-emphasized that the indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets is a confirmation that the Boko Haram has been defeated in conventional field and is now resorting to cowardly attacks on soft targets. The minister also the military and security personnel for the ongoing successes in war against terrorists.
“As I commend our gallant military and security personnel over ongoing successes, I again call on them to redouble their efforts towards blocking access to soft targets even while routing the insurgents in conventional battle,” he said.
Thousands of civilians have lost their lives and more than 1 million displaced over the years as a result of the Boko Haram terror. The violence has stalled elections initially scheduled for last month.
- CAJ News