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Wednesday 3 February 2016


The cries, lamentations, pains and agonies of Biafrans over the inhumane treatments meted out on them by the Nigerian State especially since the commencement of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, seems to have reached the hearkening of Dutch Lawyers who had seen reasons and empirical evidences that had warranted them to file a complaint at The Hague, against Nigeria's President Buhari and others over war crimes committed against humanity vis-avis the treatment of Pro-Biafra agitators/protesters in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari

The duo of Goran Sluiter and Andrew Lanuzzi; human rights lawyers at Dutch Human Rights Legal Firm Prakken D' Oliveira, had filed the complaint at the International Criminal Court(ICC) in The Hague for investigation, following an intensified violence and crimes committed against Pro-Biafra agitators on the orders of Muhammadu Buhari which has been heaving in the media for sometimes now.
What this means in essence, is that after launching a full-scale investigation by the ICC Prosecutor over the travails of Biafrans and found the culprits Buhari and his co-conspirators culpable of inhuman  treatment and other crimes against Pro-Biafra groups, they would be made to face the full wrath of the laws backing human rights.
Apart from Buhari who has shown no remorse by publicly announcing his lack of empathy and regret over his involvement in the Biafran genocide of 1967-1970 and his willingness to kill more Igbos to save the country if need be, other co-perpetrators who have committed crimes directly or indirectly against Biafrans in his government includes:
*LAWAL MUSA DAURA, the Director-General of the Department of State Services(DSS); for deliberately allowing the commission which he heads to continue to illegally detain, maltreat and application of several prohibited torture Technics on Nnamdi Kanu despite valid court orders for his unconditional release.
*ABUBAKAR MALAMI, Nigeria's Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation who had merely looked on, allowing the rulings of the Nigerian courts to be flouted and trampled upon by the Federal Government without acting in his powers to curtail or repress it.
MOSES IDAKWO, the Federal Government's prosecutor who has been an agent in bringing and continuously pursuing spurious and politically-motivated charges against Kanu.
*LT. GEN TUKUR YUSUF BURATAI, the Chief of Army Staff who had publicly announced the army's intention to 'crush' any threat to Nigeria's unity and territorial integrity which has propelled his men to commit heinous crimes against Biafra agitators in the way of brutalizing and shooting them.
*COLONEL SANI USMAN, the Nigerian Army spokesperson who had also publicly declared the army's intention to utilize 'military rules of engagement to the fullest', in response of Pro-Biafra demonstrations.
*ABDULLAHI MUHAMMADU, the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, in failing to take the necessary steps within his power to prevent or repress the various crimes committed by the JTF and other security agencies in the country.

*SOLOMON EHIGIATOR ARASE, the Inspector General of Nigerian Police(IGP), for his "large-scale and systematic police operation" declaration, aimed at rounding up Pro-Biafra protesters.
*HOSEA KARMA, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, for his clamp down and failing to secure the lives of unarmed protesters and other citizens brutalized and gunned down at Onitsha Head Bridge between the month of August 2015 and January 2016. And lastly, MUSA KIMO, his Rivers State counterpart who has acted in the same manner in clamping down Pro-Biafra agitators in Port Harcourt between August 2015 and January 2016 leaving scores of unnumbered victims dead and wounded.
Furthermore, evidences abound of Pro-Biafra protesters being gunned down by Nigerian security agents during demonstrations. The most recent that happened late last year at Ojukwu's gateway, Onitsha where Biafrans were picketing under moral and ideological precepts against the continued detention and incarceration of Mr. Nnamdi Kanu; the Leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, in which one Miss Anthonia Nkeiruka Ikeanyionwu, aged 20 years was brutally murdered under cold blood, a 'suya' merchant, also murdered by a stray bullet and that of a young man of 23 named Cyril Chigozie Nwoye who was gunned down at Aba, Abia State by a security personnel during their last protest on 18th January 2016 when Kanu was to appear in court. To mention but a few, more than 20 protesters have been brutally murdered in cold blood and many kidnapped and killed in secret cells of the police and army since August last year till now, by the combined team of Nigerian Army, Police, and Navy, while some have been illegally arrested and locked up in various detention cells across the country.
It is also on record that the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase had earlier threatened to crush peaceful Pro-Biafra agitators, if they would embark on their proposed "One Million Man March" for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. He also warned them to put a stop in their activities or face 'the full weight of the law'. What law, one may ask? Since when has peaceful protest become unlawful? Col. Issah Abdullahi, Commander of the 302 Onitsha Military Cantonment in connivance with Governor Willie Maduabuchi Obiano of Anambra State, similarly had unleashed mayhem on Pro-Biafra protesters at Onitsha by using the Police, the Army and Navy. It was also with the predilection of his men that they molested and kept under precarious situations the South-east and South-South returnees who were going home for the yuletide season celebrations last year, December 2015.  Buhari on his part had solicited and/or induced these various crimes that took place in the South-South and South Eastern part of the country between August 2015 and January 2016. He had also publicly announced on 30th December and on his media chat that the Federal Government would continue to detain Nnamdi Kanu despite the 17th December ruling of the Federal High Court for his unconditional release.
Now, it is apparent that the Judges, Lawyers and Courts in Nigeria would not dare to venture into these war crimes perpetrated by the Nigerian State against Biafrans since they are of course, under the influence and control of the Nigerian Government, they would be easily compromised, evidenced by the flagrant disobedience of previous court orders by the former. It was against this backdrop that Sluiter and his legal team had decided to file a case for determination at The Hague where it is hoped that Justice will prevail.

Goran Sluiter had said that: "Nigeria is already a long time on the agenda of the ICC Prosecutor and Nigerian courts are not dealing at all with these crimes. The time really has come for the ICC to act".
The complaint was filed on behalf of 17 unnamed victims and promises to disclose evidence of crimes committed against humanity, including torture and murder perpetrated by the Nigerian security agents against Pro-Biafra protesters.
Nigeria is a signatory to the Rome Statue, upon which the ICC's jurisdiction is based and once a complaint is been filed, the ICC Prosecutor is expected to begin an investigation into the matter to establish beyond reasonable grounds and doubts that crimes against humanity have been committed. Pursuant to the Rome Statute, the Prosecutor can initiate an investigation on the basis of a referral from any State Party or from the United Nations Security Council. In addition, the Prosecutor can initiate investigations proprio motu on the basis of information on crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court received from individuals or organisations (“communications”).
There is always a boiling point of every liquid. The time has come now for Buhari and his partners-in-crime to appear before the ICC Prosecutor to answer for all the crimes and injustices they have meted out on Biafrans.

Written  By   Ucheagu Chukwuemeka Chimerue.
Edited  By   Ikechukwu  Nwaorisa

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