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CSO Writes ICC Demand Arrest,Prosecution of Buratai

The Concerned Nigerians Group (CNG) has submitted an application to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest and prosecute former Army Chief of Staff Tukur Buratai for human rights abuses and crimes against humanity during his tenure.

The group in a letter from its covener, Deji Adeyanju, asked the ICC to investigate, arrest and prosecute Buratai serve as a deterrent to others who have made it a point of duty to ”indiscriminately abuse the rights of Nigerians.”

Deji Adeyanju, Convener CNG

The letter whuch was addressed to Fatou Bensouda, the court’s Chief Prosecutor read:
“We write to call on the International Criminal Court and all lovers of democracy and human rights in the world to immediately investigate, arrest and prosecute Lieutenant General Buratai (Rtd) who was just relieved of his duty as Chief of Army Staff for crimes against humanity and the Nigerian people.

It will be recalled that sometimes in 2015, Lieutenant General Buratai (Rtd) ordered members of the Nigerian Army to kill over 300 defenseless Nigerian Shiite Muslims on the unjustifiable grounds that they ‘touched a general’s chest’. That event has been appropriately tagged the Zaria massacre and it has further worsened the insecurity situation in Nigeria. Shortly thereafter, Lieutenant Buratai (Rtd) ordered the Nigerian soldiers to kill hundreds of Nigerian citizens of South Eastern extraction, in the guise of searching for members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

It is particularly noteworthy to mention that as at the time Lieutenant General Buratai (Rtd) ordered the massacre of IPOB members, the group had not been proscribed by the Nigeria Government. Additionally, we have been able to gather from different independent sources that Lieutenant General Buratai (Rtd) personally ordered the killing of the innocent protesters at Lekki toll gate, Lagos, on October 20, 2020.

It is on the basis of the foregoing, among other human rights abuses, that we call on the International Criminal Court and friends of Nigeria to urgently investigate, arrest and prosecute Lieutenant General Buratai (Rtd), to serve as a deterrent to members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and their civilian collaborators who have made it a point of duty to indiscriminately abuse citizens’ human rights.”

Buratai alongside the other service chiefs were removed from office by President Muahmmadu Buhari on Tuesday, January 26,2021.

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