Senate Decries ICC, Amnesty Int’l Accusations Of Nigerian Army

Joseph Bakare

The Senate, on Tuesday, December 15, expressed worries the International Criminal Court (ICC); as well as the Amnesty International (AI) against accusations of human rights abuses levelled against the Nigerian Army.

The worries by the Senate was expressed by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume.

Ndume vowed to formally move a motion restricting the two international agencies against further comments on the rights abuse.

This motion by Senator Ndume was a response to a threat by the ICC to investigate cases of human rights abuses by the Nigerian military. However, he stated that the ICC cannot be the prosecutor without the plaintiff.

Ndume held that if there are human rights abuses; it is only when there is a failure on the part of the three arms of government to act swiftly in order to draw the attention of the international community to it.

Senator Ndume said; “You cannot cry more than the bereaved. They cannot be the prosecutor without the plaintiff. How can they prosecute without the plaintiff? We have the Nigerian Government, the federal parliament and the nation’s judiciary.

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