Amnesty International wants President Muhammadu Buhari to begin a “prompt, independent and effective investigation” of former and serving service chiefs for their responsibility in war crimes during the fight against Boko Haram in the North-East. The accused are a former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.); former Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim (retd.); Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh; and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah. Amnesty International accuses the retired and serving officers of killing 8,000 persons, who were “murdered, starved, suffocated and tortured to death.” The human rights organisation adds that a petition for the prosecution of the accused officers have been submitted to the International Criminal Court, with a request for their prosecution for war crimes in Nigeria. AI’s demand is contained in a report entitled, ‘Stars on their shoulders, Blood on their hands: War crimes committed by the Nigerian military’, released on Wednesday in Abuja.
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