Pay Biafra victims, others $5bn compensation – Intersociety tells Buhari

Pay Biafra victims, others $5bn compensation – Intersociety tells Buhari

A rights group, International Society for Civil Liberties and the
Rule of Law (INTERSOCIETY), on Monday, urged the President Muhammadu
Buhari-led administration to pay victims of rights violations in the
country the sum of $5 billion.

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INTERSOCIETY had released reports
of alleged human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings by the Buhari
administration in the past 20 months.
The 40- page report covered a period between June1, 2015 and 31st January, 2017.
The
report harped on the alleged killing of members of the Islamic Movement
of Nigeria; slain members of the Indigenous People of Biafra and other
pro-Biafra agitators, the Kaduna killings and what the group called
“custody killing” by the Nigerian security forces.
Presenting the
reports at Ezinifite, Aguata Local Government of Anambra State, the
Board of Trustees Chairman of INTERSOCIETY, Mr. Emeka Umeagbalasi, said
“over 11000 unlawful deaths were recorded in the said 20 months”.
The group asked the Federal Government to pay such victims $5billion as compensations.
It
added that the Buhari Federal Government of Nigeria should arrest and
prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crime perpetrated within the
period under review.
The report read in part “The Buhari
Administration/Federal Government of Nigeria should set aside $5bn for
adequate compensation of over 1750 victims of state murders and 4000
victims of Police SARS/Army custodial killings as well as not less than
28000 unarmed Christians killed by Nomad Fulani Jihadists between June
2015 and January 2017.

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“The $5billion State Crime Victims Compensation Scheme, which will be
subject to 50 percent upward review every five years; should be divided
into four categories of: $1bn to members or families and group-victims
(IPOB) of over 270 slain members of IPOB and other Pro-Biafra
Campaigners; $500m to over 370 terminally shot and injured Pro-Biafra
Campaigners; $1.5bn to 1120 slain members of the Shiite Muslims and
their IMN as well as $500m for 400 of their members terminally shot and
wounded.
“The sum of $500m should be set aside by the Buhari
Government/Federal Government of Nigeria through its Ministry of Police
Affairs for compensation of 4000 victims who may most likely have been
slain in the past 20 months, by way of custodial killings arising from
torture and willful custodial shootings.
“This should be done on
the basis of proper identification of dead victims by their immediate
families and lawyers. The remaining $1bn should be paid by the Buhari
Government to the families and the churches of over 2800 dead Christians
who are victims of the Nomad Fulani Jihadists in Nigeria since June
2015.
“This is one account off the Buhari Government’s vicarious
culpability, by way of aiding and abetting. As the national grand patron
of “the Miyetti Allah Breeders Association of Nigeria, President
Muhammadu Buhari appeared to have allowed personal sentiments to becloud
his official position as the father of the country and protector of
every citizen irrespective of his or her ethn-oreligious and age
background or identity.
“Till date, no investigations into the
killing of Christians have been carried out and concluded and the
perpetrators are still on the prowl”, the group said.

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