Sunday, 24 January 2016

Those indicted in arms deal scandal dragged before ICC by falana

Human Rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has dragged all those indicted in the $2.1 billion arms deal before the International Court of Justice. In a petition dated January 19th, Falana asked the court to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity committed against the Nigerian people by some former and serving military officers as well public officials and private persons who engaged in the criminal diversion of $8 billion earmarked to procure equipment for the armed forces to fight insurgency. The petition reads;

 “We are a firm of civil rights lawyers based in Lagos, Nigeria. We are the defence counsel for the majority of the members of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Nigeria who were charged with mutiny, cowardly behaviour and sundry offences before the courts-martial instituted by the former military authorities. As we shall demonstrate anon, the only “offence” proved against our clients in the military courts was that they had the temerity to demand for weapons to fight the well equipped troops of the Boko Haram sect. On account of the deliberate refusal of the former military authorities to equip and motivate the members of the armed forces involved in combat operations the insurgents have killed about 25,000 soldiers and civilians including children and displaced over 2,000,000 people. Having compromised the security of the people of Nigeria by collaborating with the terrorists the former military authorities deliberately encouraged the brutal killing of innocent people including ill-equipped officers and soldiers. During a visit to Borno stat

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