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APC calls for international inquiry to unravel Boko Haram

14 July 2014, 06:37

Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday called for an international inquiry into the activities of the Boko Haram sect.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the APC said that the inquiry would help to determine those who might have links with the insurgents and unravel its mode of operation.

“The inquiry will end once and for all, the debate over who is behind the insurgency and also to facilitate efforts to tackle it decisively.”

“The inquiry should include intelligence experts from the US, UK, France and Canada, as well as representatives of the UN and Nigeria's neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger,” it stated.

It also suggested that some specific groups be members of the panel of inquiry.

“Representatives of the Nigerian military and other security agencies, especially the police and the Departments of State Security, Governments of the states worst-hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, including Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Bauchi and Jigawa, the Federal Capital Territory should be part of the panel.”

“Also the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Civil Society Organisations, the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, National Human Rights Commission, the Nigerian Bar Association and any other relevant individuals or groups should be included,” it further stated.

APC also stated that major political parties, including the PDP and the APC must be represented on the panel of inquiry.

It said findings of the inquiry must be made public and those found to have any links with the insurgents be made to face the full wrath of the law.

The party pledged its total support for the inquiry anytime it is launched.

“Enough is enough. The daily killing, maiming and abduction of innocent Nigerians, must end,” it added.

-    NAN

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