Nigerian army has committed war crimes against humanity, says ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) who released an annual report on preliminary examination activities (2018), stated that the Nigerian army has committed war crimes against humanity.

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According to the ICC, it has received “a total of 169 communications” from Nigeria and its assessment has shown that security forces in Nigeria have committed war crimes varying from murder, torture, and intentionally attacking the civilian population.

“Specifically, the Office found a reasonable basis to believe that the NSF committed the war crimes of murder pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i); torture, cruel treatment pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i); outrages upon personal dignity pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(ii); and intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population,” the ICC said.

According to Cableng, Fatou Bensouda, the ICC prosecutor disclosed that they also found reasonable basis to believe that Boko Haram, also committed war crimes against humanity.

“Furthermore, the Office found a reasonable basis to believe that Boko Haram committed the war crimes of murder pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i); cruel treatment pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(i) and outrages upon personal dignity pursuant to article 8(2)(c)(ii)”.

The ICC added that Boko Haram was “intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population or against individual civilians pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(i); intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education and to places of worship and similar institutions pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(iv); pillaging a town or place pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(v); rape, sexual slavery and sexual violence pursuant to article 8(2)(e)(vi)”.

The ICC also disclosed that they met with Abubakar Malami, Nigeria’s minister of justice and attorney general of the federation (AGF), to further investigate eight potential cases of Nigerian army war crimes against humanity.

ICC says several “files pertaining to alleged violations by members of the army were submitted to the Office (of the prosecutor). These files relate to a limited extent to the two potential cases identified by the Office”.

“Of the 27 files provided to the Office, 24 either lacked information to determine their relevance for the admissibility assessment or did not appear relevant.

The ICC complained that “other information specifically requested by the Office which was assessed to be potentially relevant to the admissibility assessment has yet to be provided by the Nigerian authorities”.

The ICC who also said it is examining the farmers-herders crisis in Nigeria, added that since 2017, the Nigerian authorities appear to have “taken concrete steps toward fulfilling their primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute ICC crimes”.

However the prosecutor noted that the Nigerian government always denies any allegations against the Nigerian army.

“While there seems to be a tangible prospect of further proceedings against members of Boko Haram, including high-level commanders, at this stage the same cannot be said of the NSF, in particular since the Nigerian authorities tend to deny any allegation against the latter.

“While acknowledging the cooperation of the Nigerian authorities in the course of the preliminary examination, the Office will require, for the purpose of expediting its complementarity assessment, further information and evidence
demonstrating that relevant national proceedings are being or intended to be conducted without delay”.

99 Comments

  1. According to the ICC, it has received “a total of 169 communications” from Nigeria and its assessment has shown that security forces in Nigeria have committed war crimes varying from murder, this one na seriouse case ooo.

  2. May jehovah god save us from does bokoharam people’s that dey kill many people’s like killing goat

  3. So they were busy attacking civilians when they should be attacking boko boys. ICC we have heard but please let us know ur next line of action against the army cos it should not be business as usual o

  4. Comment*these soldiers should be appreciated because they are all trying their best and most of them loss their lives in this process

  5. these soldiers should be appreciated because they are all trying their best and most of them loss their lives in this process

  6. What about the crimes that have been committed against them and their, like the killing of more than 50 soldiers by the bokoharam sects. They should be left alone

  7. If this assessment is true then the Nigerian army is questionable for all these murders and sexual assaults and all the evils commited against innocent civilians and humanities.

  8. It only God saving us from Boko Haram the army are jus playing with the life’s the have swown to protect

  9. This is a big lies,, all this boys are risking their life’s saving this ungrateful country with empty hand,,no good weapon ,,God will judge u all,,, soon the eyes of this country will open

  10. The book haram are the ones killing civilians.The soldiers especially those in the north should be appreciated for the way they fight for the country.

  11. If this assessment is fact or true, then there is room for questioning, how can one who is made to protect be among the ones destroying? They should be cautioned.. Let’s face one first which is Boko Haram.. FG keep saying they have defeated Boko Haram but on countless number people are dying to boko Haram

  12. Are they accusing or commending the Nigerian army? Despite what they said, to think our deserve some credit.

  13. Anyway, i will not fail to appreciate the works of majority of them. But still wants to tell the commander to look into their works because some of them re fraudsters.

  14. Army should have the best respect in this country because they take their life for sacrifice, they are really trying

  15. Is quit unfortunate that they they committed those crime. You people are met to save life and property not to waste.

  16. Action is what we need, how will the ICC help salvage the innocent civilian from this madness What about the crimes that have been committed against them and their, like the killing of more than 50 soldiers by the bokoharam sects. They should be left alone

  17. Wow. This is hard talk. Nigerian army officers have also been victims of inhumane acts. None the less, who ever is found guilty of this icc allegations should be punished according to the law.

  18. How can ICC claim the soldiers are braking the law. Mean while they haven been the ones battling with Boko Haram since God knows when.

  19. According to the ICC, it has received “a total of 169 communications” from Nigeria and its assessment has shown that security forces in Nigeria have committed war crimes varying from murder. Kudos to the army

  20. These guys are human being we don’t expect them to keep quiet when they have been hurt time without number ….

  21. Nawa pop,even soldiers are been killed by this book Haram in the process of fighting them.God will deliver this country

  22. Something is actually wrong somewhere then. Please Nigerian Army should be helpful and protective on humanity.

  23. God’s intervention is the paramount things in this country. The soldiers are trying their best.

  24. I think there soldiers should be appreciated they cannot protect everything but at least they are trying there best. Thanks for the good work ICC

  25. They lost their lives, they fight for the people, they forfeit pleasure yet they are accused of this nonsense. There are victims of circumstances in every war or fight.

  26. Nigeria army are trying in protecting Nigeria against book haram,they are been killed on daily basis by he book haram just to protect us,there are some bad eggs in the army and they are the once terrorising innocent citizens

  27. PLEASE TUKUR BURATAI SHOULD TAKE COGNIZANCE OF THIS AND NOT CALLING IT MAYBE A HATE SPEECH,NIGERIA ARMY ARE ALWAYS BRUTAL OFTENTIMES THEY ARE PAID TO PROTECT THE LIFE OF INNOCENT NIGERIANS NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND

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