Saturday, 21 March 2015

More Trouble for APC As Northerners Charge Gen. Buhari to ICC

Here is a letter a coalition of Northern groups wrote to ICC Over Buhari's involvement on 2011 post election violence.

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1.1            Pursuant to Articles 5 (1), (b) & 7 of the Rome Statute of the
International Criminal Court; and pursuant to the well-documented lack of political will within the government of Nigeria, to bring influential persons to book this complaint is brought to the International Criminal Court against the following:



i.                   General Muhammadu Buhari, lately presidential candidate (and alter ego) of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC); Military Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria (1984-1985); and three-time presidential candidate in Nigeria (2003, 2007 & 2011);

ii.                 Mr. Buba Galadima, an Engineer and National Secretary, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC);

iii.              Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a Nigerian political party;

iv.              Federal Republic of Nigeria.
        
2.0            FACTS
Nigeria is a Federal Republic and became a democracy for the fourth time in May 1999. Since then, elections have taken place every four (4) years. In April 2011, elections were to hold for an unprecedented fourth time in Nigeria. However, the aftermath of these fourth elections were characterised by crimes against humanity, instigated by the 1st – 3rd Respondents and winked at by the 4th Respondent.

2.1 CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

These crimes include: i. Murder; Torture; Rape; and other inhuman acts of similar character such as burning persons alive, cutting people up with machetes and thereafter setting them on fire; gang-raping and chasing persons from their homes into the forests and bushes for days. These acts of wanton inhumanity were systematically and systemically directed at the following:

i.                   Non-Muslims primarily;
ii.                 Liberal Muslims
iii.              Perceived political non-supporters of the respondents to this petition;
iv.              Young university graduates in the compulsory national youth service corps (NYSC) scheme; and
v.                 Subject to i and ii above, southern Nigerian citizens primarily;

The locus situs for these crimes against humanity are the following states in northern Nigeria: Adamawa state; Bauchi state; Bornu state; Gombe state; Kaduna state; Kano state; Katsina state; and Niger State.

2.2. NAMES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF THE MURDERED
       ARE:

a.     YOUNG UNIVERSITY GRADUATES IN THE
            NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS SCHEME

i.                   *Ms. Agnes Anyanwu of Imo State origin, inspite of being pregnant, gang-raped till death at Gyade in Bauchi State;

ii.                 Michael Obinna Okpokiri (NYSC no: BA/10C/0950) of  Abia State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

iii.               Elliot Adowei (NYSC no: BA/11A/0274) of Delta
State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

iv.               Paul Seun Adewunmi (NYSC no: BA/10B/1301) of Ekiti State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;
v.                 Ikechukwu Chibuzor Ukeoma (NYSC no: BA/11A/1354) of Imo State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

vi.               Anslem Nkwazema (NYSC no: BA/10B/1160); of Imo State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

vii.            Olawale Tosin Teidi (NYSC no: BA/10C/1220) of Kogi State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

viii.         Sule Ibrahim Akonji (NYSC no: BA/11A/1009) of Kogi State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

ix.               Ayotunde Ebenezer Gbenjo (NYSC no: BA/10B/0463) of Osun State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State;

x.                 Jehleel Kehinde Adeniyi (NYSC no: BA/10B/0197) of Osun State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State.

b.    WHY THE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE CORPS WERE TARGETTED:

The National Youth Service Corps was set up in Nigeria by Act No. 24 of 22nd May 1973 (as amended), shortly after the Nigerian civil war to foster national unity and a culture of service among Nigerian youth. Under it, all university graduates & graduates of other tertiary institutions are expected to perform a compulsory one-year national service, which service takes them to States far from their States of origin. Youth corpers (as they came to be known) are thus symbols of national unity in Nigeria.
In the light of the difficulties associated with organising free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria, it was thought that employment of youth corpers as returning officers would enhance the integrity of the process.
Because the 1st – 3rd respondents thought they had lost the elections, and because these returning officers (youth corpers) were from very far away, culturally and ethnically, they became scape goats for the 1st – 3rd respondents’ and their supporters.
One of the youth corpers, Mr. Ikechukwu Chibuzor Ukeoma (NYSC no: BA/11A/1354) of Imo State origin, killed at Gyade in Bauchi State,  actually posted the following words on his facebook page on the internet using a combination of good English, Nigerian English and shorthand, on Sunday April 17th 2011 at 6.48 pm:
 http://www.facebook.com/people/Ukeoma-Aikfavour/655614177
"Na wao! This CPC supporters would hv killed me yesterday, no see threat oooo. Even after forcing underaged voters on me they wanted me to give them the remaining ballot paper to thumb print. Thank God for the police and am happy i could stand for God and my nation. To all corps members who stood despite these threats esp. In the north bravo! Nigeria! Our change has come."  -
Facebook Update on Sunday at 06:48 PM via Mobile Web
Meaning:
“The CPC (3rd respondent) supporters would have killed me yesterday. I have not seen such threats. Even after forcing underaged voters on me they wanted me to give them the remaining ballot paper to thumb print. Thank God for the police and am happy I could stand for God and my nation. To all corps members who stood despite these threats especially in the north, bravo! Nigeria! Our change has come.”

A few hours later, Ikechukwu Chibuzor Ukeoma was killed – burnt to death!
http://www.facebook.com/people/Ukeoma-Aikfavour/655614177


c.      OTHER ACTS OF ETHNIC, POLITICAL & RELIGION MOTIVATED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

i.                          50 members of the National Youth Service Corps locked up at the secretariat of the Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship at Minna, Niger State and the building set on fire. They escaped! Indeed, members of the youth service corps were especially targeted in all the states mentioned;

ii.                 27 vehicles destroyed within the premises of two churches: Chapel of Grace and Redeemed Christian Church of God in Kofar Kawa, Katsina State, a few hours after the 1st respondent made provocative statements on television and radio.

d.     OTHER ACTS OF POLITICALLY MOTIVATED CRIMES INSTIGATED BY THE RESPONDENTS
i.                   Wilful killing of eight (8) family members of the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Gombe State;
ii.                 Massive destruction of Houses and Places of Worship in Adamawa, Bauchi, Bornu, Kaduna, Kano & Katsina States;
iii.              Burning of Mr. Namadi Sambo’s private house in Zaria, Kaduna State. Mr. Namadi Sambo is the Vice-President of Nigeria;
iv.              Burning of vehicles within the palace of the Emir of Kano in Kano State;
v.                 Attack on the palace of the Emir of Zaria in Kaduna State.

3.0            THE EVIDENCE
i.                   Instigating statements made by the 1st Respondent hereof on local television, on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) (Hausa service) and the Voice of America (VOA) (Hausa Service) on the 16th day of April 2011 insinuating that he had evidence that aircraft had been conveying ballot papers meant for rigging the elections to various predetermined locations, with specific reference to his home State, Katsina, leading to the first attacks on Churches and property in Katsina State on Sunday morning, 17th April 2011. (See 2.2 (b) 2 above);

ii.                 Inciting statements made by the 1st respondent to campaign rallies in the course of political campaigns, urging his supporters to “lynch and roast alive” anyone perceived to have rigged the elections;

iii.              Furthermore, the 2nd respondent herein through the same media (BBC and VOA) instructed their supporters to, in the course of defending their votes, “...terrorise, maim and if possible kill”, all who are against the political doctrines and ambitions of the 1st and 3rd respondents;

4.0            OUR HUMBLE PRAYERS
Pursuant to Article 15 and upon the foregoing, wherein the Prosecutor of the Court, may on his/her own motion, based on information given to him/her on crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court by individuals, states and organisations, initiate investigations, we humbly pray as follows:

a.     That the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate, arrest and prosecute the 1st – 3rd Respondents and their acolytes for the afore-described crimes against humanity;
b.     That the government of Nigeria, the 4th respondent be compelled to compensate victims of these Crimes Against Humanity.

5.0            CONCLUSION
It is crucial to point out that in Nigeria yearly, there are mass murders on religious and ethnic grounds with nobody ever prosecuted. And what few prosecutions there are, are diversionary, perhaps, to reduce tension, as they are seldom, if ever, prosecuted to conviction. Thus, a culture of impunity has crystallised. It is already clear that the issues complained of in this complaint will go the same way: no or diversionary prosecution if the Prosecutor does not intervene in the manner requested. Indeed, genocide on grounds of religion especially and ethnicity knocks nearly at the door and will be nipped in the bud if the Prosecutor graciously considers this humble petition.
 
The gruesome murder of innocent Nigerians and wanton destruction of properties are contrary to the principles of the right to life and liberty as well as all known international protocols such as the Statute of Rome, General Convention of the United Nations, United Nations Charter on Human Rights, African Charter on People and Human Rights & other relevant international laws and treaties to which Nigeria, the 4th respondent is a signatory. It is noteworthy that over 800 (Eight hundred) people died in the post-election violence already referred to as revealed by the Human Rights Watch, an international Human Rights non-governmental organisation.


On behalf of the aforementioned groups by my hand
                     This 20th day of May 2011



Northern Coalition for Democracy & Justice (NCDJ)
Letter to
International Criminal Court
To Prosecute General Muhammadu Buhari for 2011 Post Election Violence in Nigeria.

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