Minister Rejects AI Call For Prosecution Of Ex-Service Chiefs

Yemisi Izuora

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has condemned Amnesty International (AI) over its call for the arrest and prosecution of former Service Chiefs.

Amnesty International, had in its recent report, urged the arrest and prosecution of the service chiefs at the International Criminal Court, ICC, over alleged human rights violation in the prosecution of war against terror in the North-East region.

Speaking on “Politics Nationwide,” a Radio Nigeria programme on Tuesday, February 2, in Abuja, Mohammed said Amnesty International should not push for such because it had no proof of crimes committed by the Nigerian military’’.

He said the country was fighting an unconventional war with an insurgency that had no rule of engagement; adding that this was double jeopardy for the military which had been applying the rule of engagement.

“Those who are asking our soldiers to be invited to the ICC are very unpatriotic; its a pure hypocrisy and double standard, especially on the path of AI.

“AI has different laws for different countries; so they should shut up if they have no proof of any crime committed by our soldiers,” the minister said.

He recalled the stand of Amnesty International during the EndSARS protests when it asked the Federal Government not to arrest and prosecute hoodlums who killed Police men and burnt down police stations.

“When the Federal Government wanted to arrest hoodlums who killed 37 policemen; six soldiers; destroyed properties; burn down police stations; AI said they are innocent people.

“In the U.S., some mobs went to Capitol Hill to protest the election that brought President Joe Biden; America said it was an insurrection but AI never deemed it fit to say anything,” he said.

He said the AI had shown that it had different laws for Nigeria and another for the U.S.

The Minister also said that the recent rating by Transparency International ranking Nigeria as the second most corrupt in Africa was not a true reflection of the Federal Government on its fight against corruption

He said that the Federal Government was still studying the reports; adding that the government anti-corruption fight was on course.

The Minister described the ranking as “inappropriate’’; stressing that it was not a true reflection of the efforts of the government at stamping out corruption in the country.

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