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UN urged to probe Nigeria over Rann ‘war crime’

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Air Force of Nigeria

LAGOS – THE International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) wants Nigeria investigated for alleged war crimes and violation of global principles following the bombing of a refugee site in Rann.

The death toll of the tragic accidental airstrike has been put at 236 while scores were injured are in critical condition.

Intersociety said besides the bombing constituted a war crime, it also violated the United Purposes and Principles and the Fundamental Rules of the International Law and Humanitarian Principles.

“We hereby call for extensive international investigations into the air strike killing of 236 defenceless citizens on 17th January 2017 in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria,” said Emeka Umeagbalasi, Board Chairman of Intersociety.

He said Intersociety rejected investigations by the Nigerian Air Force, which recently established a panel to probe the incident authorities said was an “operational mistake.”

“We reject any form of ‘internal investigation’ by the Federal Government of Nigeria led by Retired Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari or any of its
military or civilian agencies. We consider such investigation, if any, as a clear case of ‘being a judge in its own case’.”

As such Intersociety called on the UN Secretary General and Security Council to exercise their mandates by ordering for extensive investigations into the “willful mass murder.”

The authorities of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees have also called upon to carry out similar extensive investigations.

Intersociety demanded the dismissal of Chiefs of Air Staff, Defence Staff, Army Staff, the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Interior and the Minister of Defence.

“Nigerians also want to know the age bracket, gender, ethnic and religious identities of the slain defenceless citizens,” said Umeagbalasi.

The identity of the deceased has not been made public.

– CAJ News