Arrest And Prosecute Tukur Buratai, Concerned Nigerians Writes ICC Read Also
Following the new changed of Service Chiefs, the information reaching us that, A Civil Society Organisation, Concerned Nigerians, has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest and prosecute Major-General Tukur Buratai.
Buratai – alongside other service chiefs– recently resigned and retired as the Chief of Army Staff and has been replaced by Major-General I. Attahiru.
Concerned Nigerians said on Thursday that the former military chief had committed “crimes against humanity and the Nigerian people”.
The group in a letter dated January 28, 2021, and addressed to Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the ICC, the Hague in the Netherlands, said Buratai’s prosecution will “serve as a deterrent to members of the Nigerian Armed Forces and their civilian collaborators”.
The letter was signed by Comrade Deji Adeyanju, Convener of Concerned Nigerians.
It 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 ground that they “touched a general’s chest”.
“That event has been appropriately tagged the Zaira 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.”