Lagos - A coalition has called for the
prosecution of alleged perpetrators of the alleged killing of unarmed
pro-Biafran protesters in Onitsha recently.
The grouping, under the auspices of the Igbo Ekunie
Imitative (IEI), comprising of individuals in Nigeria and the Diaspora, said
the alleged killings at the commercial, educational and religious centre in
Anambra State were “shocking beyond belief.”
IEI, at a date it did not announce, said it would lodge a
formal complaint against President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector General of
Police, Solomon Arase, and Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, in the first
instance in the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The alleged violations in Biafra, Maazi Tochukwu Ezeoke,
IEI President, said, unequivocally constituted crimes against humanity.
“For the avoidance of doubt, no excuse or circumstance
can justify the cowardly, barbaric, morally obscene and criminally culpable
indiscriminate massacre of women and young men,” said Ezeoke.
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“Such callous and criminal acts should be a shock to the
conscience of the nation and a reminder that President (Muhammadu) Buhari and
his security chiefs are gradually and surely dragging the nation back to the
dark days of tyranny and despicable human rights violations that characterised
erstwhile malevolent military regimes.”
Ezeoke said they were notifying the United Nations,
European Union, Commonwealth, African Union, and rights organisations of
ongoing human rights violations amid the protests.
The IEI leader said the alleged assault on peaceful
protesters violated the African Charter on Human Rights, the United Nations
Charter on People’s Rights and all international treaties and conventions to
which Nigeria was signatory.
“We therefore accordingly call for the prosecution of all
the officers and security personnel implicated in this heinous mass slaughter
of innocent civilians,” said Ezeoke.
Protests demanding the independence of Biafra have turned
violent in recent weeks.
- CAJ News