The US Nigeria Law Group (USLNG) on Friday told outgoing International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensoudato, to hold President Buhari and Fulani militia accountable for atrocities of insurgency in Nigeria.
USNLG disclosed this in a letter signed by its Spokesperson, Emmanuel Ogebe and sent to the ICC Prosecutor to mark the 10th anniversary of PEV & 3rd anniversary of St Ignatius massacre on Friday.
It would be recalled that the Trump U.S. government had targeted ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and the court’s head of jurisdiction, Phakiso Mochochoko, for pressing ahead with investigations into the U.S. and its allies for alleged war crimes. But was later lifted by Biden-led government.
USNLG while congratulating Fatou Bensoudato and Mochochoko on the rescission of the US visa ban on them by the new US administration, thanked President Biden for reversing the visa ban.
The group believed that the investigation into US for crimes in Afghanistan without a launch of investigation into Nigeria for ongoing crimes, terrorism for years was misguided.
The group which acknowledged the ICC’s finding that placed Nigeria eligible for a investigation for crimes against humanity and war crimes related to the Boko Haram atrocities, however expressed concern on the inadequacies in the findings with regard to the atrocities of the Fulani herdsman militia which are more brutal, brazen, barbaric even than Boko Haram and ISWAP.
It alleged that the impunity and the indifference of the Buhari regime to prosecute his tribesmen created good grounds for the invocation of the ICC’s jurisdiction for failure of domestic courts to address the atrocities.
It also noted that Fulani militia attacked a camp of their victims who had been internally displaced for years and again slaughtered seven of them in the capital city of Benue state.
It also pinpointed at a similar attack which occurred near orphanage in Plateau state, where two were killed.
It also said ICC have not made a finding as to the current egregious persecution of Christians on the basis of religion ongoing in Nigeria for over a decade now.
The group also informed that Fulani militia massacred a morning mass at St Ignatius Catholic Church killing Fathers Felix Tyolaha and Joseph Gor and 17 worshippers in Benue state.
Though their killers videoed themselves in the choir robes they looted playing the church instruments, no one has been brought to justice for this atrocity. This week Boko Haram has similarly attacked Geidam in Yobe State and executed targeted slaughter of Christians according to our sources in the area.
Additionally, USNLG said ICC never made a finding on the post-election violence 10 years ago in which Gen. Buhari’s political thugs killed over 1,000 people destroying 700 churches in just two days in April 2011.
The group which described Nigeria as a failing state urged ICC prosecutor to correct the oversight in its findings on Nigeria before leaving office in a few weeks.