2016 death of IPOB members: CSOs protest lawsuit against Nigerian army

2016 death of IPOB members: CSOs protest lawsuit against Nigerian army

- Some civil society groups protested against a lawsuit filed against Nigerian Army

- In the suit, Nigerian Army was accused of complicity in the 2016 torture and extra-judicial killings of members Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

- The civil groups however disagree with the suit, urging the USA to ignore the application filed before one of her courts

The Coalition of Civil Society Groups against Terrorism in Nigeria protested against a lawsuit filed against the leadership of the Nigerian Army.

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The groups protested to the United States Embassy in Lagos while condemning a suit filled by one John Doe under the Torture Victims Protection Act and Alien Tort Claims Act Complaint.

The suit was filled before a United States (U.S.) District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of 10 Biafran agitators to sue the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Buratai, and 13 others.

In the suit, Nigerian Army was accused of complicity in the 2016 torture and extra-judicial killings of members Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

In the suit, Nigerian Army was accused of complicity in the 2016 torture and extra-judicial killings of members Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)

The unnamed person filed the suit against the leadership of the Army for alleged complicity in the 2016 torture and extra-judicial killings of the members Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The coalition comprising over 40 civil society organizations (CSOs) in a petition addressed to the Secretary of State of United State of America through the US Embassy in Lagos asked the US to ignore the suit.

They further described the suit as misplaced and deliberate act of witch hunt of the Army leadership, Independent reports.

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The petition was signed by Comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji, Peace Ambassador, African First Ladies Peace Mission and Barrister John Atani, National Secretary, Coalition of Civil Society Groups Against Terrorism in Nigeria on behalf of other CSOs.

According to the group, accusation of extra-judicial killing against the army “reveals the disturbing realities of the deeper import of their agitation, that is, to destabilize and balkanize, Nigeria, and erroneously depict Nigerians as people with identity crisis.”

“However, Nigerians are nothing of the sort. Rather, it is this group that has totally lost touch with the reality of who they are in the progression of a peaceful, united and committed Nigerian Polity,” the petition added.

Meanwhile NAIJ.com had reported that the Nigerian Armed Forces received a special envoy from Egypt on Tuesday, June 20.

NAIJ.com gathered that the envoy included the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria and Defence Attaché.

It was the Egyptians' inaugural visit to the Defence Headquarters. A tweet by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), Gen AG Olonisakin‏ read: "On behalf of officers & men of the Nigerian Armed Forces, we appreciate the Arab Republic of Egypt for the visit to DHQ. @DefenceInfoNG"

Below is a NAIJ.com video in which Nigerians react to the question: "Should Evans the kidnapper be jailed or employed by the Government instead?".

Source: Naij.com

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