ICC urged to probe Australian envoy’s Boko Haram allegation


Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis

from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations by an Australian negotiator that key persons in government sponsored the Boko Haram terrorist sect.

Stephen Davis, a man hired by the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the Chibok girls, had last week named former Borno Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff, and a former Army Chief, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, as the sponsors of Boko Haram.

Davis also accused government of “not being serious” about addressing the
Boko Haram issue since the other sponsors of the sect were within the

Addressing the issues, APC Chairman, John Odigie-Onyegun said the
allegations made by Davis were “too grievous to be ignored” and called on
the ICC to immediately begin investigations and ensure the possible arrest
the culprit.

Odigie- Onyegun said Davis exposure of the “real terror sponsors” of the
Boko Haram in the country had vindicated the party and its members who had
been accused of having links with the terror group.

He said the matter could thus not be left for Government to decide since
it has been directly implicated by someone it employed.

He said that only the ICC, which the Nigerian government is a signatory
to, was the unbiased umpire that can investigate the grave allegation made
against the government.

“In view of the fact that the alleged Boko Haram sponsors are either
members of the ruling party or friends of the President, it is clear that
the PDP-led Federal Government is unwilling and unable to try them, hence
our call that ICC to take over this matter.

“Now that the cat has been let out of the bag and the real sponsors of Boko Haram have been exposed, we hope President Jonathan will summon the courage to do the right thing: Hand over the identified Boko Haram sponsors to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution,” said Odigie-Onyegun.

“There is no doubt that Boko Haram has committed crimes against humanity
in its scorched-earth campaign against unharmed citizens, and the most
appropriate body to investigate and try the sect’s sponsors is the ICC,”
he added.

Odigie-Oyegun said his party will not allow the issue to be “swept under
the carpet.”

The Boko Haram terror has killed thousands and displaced scores more in
recent years.

– CAJ News







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