Lagos - The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has warned some leaders of the uniformed forces they would suffer a fate similar to former Chadian dictator, Hissene Habre, who has been jailed for war crimes and crime against humanity.
The warning follows a spate of confrontations between the Nigerian Army and some protestors as well as gatherings commemorating the Biafra.
The group has particularly raised shock at the alleged deliberate killing of civilian protesters in Onitsha, Anambra State on Tuesday.
More than 40 civilians were reported dead from the incidents. Some police officers were also killed.
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“We are shocked at the reported high casualty rate at the 30th May 2016 event by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB),” Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA National Coordinator, said.
He said the violent suppression armed security forces is undemocratic and unconstitutional.
“We hereby condemn these killings and call on the Nigerian government to take credible, verifiable and transparent measures to ascertain why peaceful marchers were killed without provocation.”
Onwubiko said leaders currently issuing threats against civilians such as the police head, Solomon Arase, should learn a lesson from Yusuf Abdi Ali and Habre.
The pair, after several years they were accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity, now faced criminal justice internationally.
Ali presided over the Somali army’s alleged repressive period in the 1980s and 1990s.
He has been suspended from his job in the United States where he is now living, amid indications he will face a probe into the alleged war crimes.
“Hissene Habre has just been sentenced to life in jail,” Onwubiko highlighted.
- CAJ News