Odi/Zaki-Biam massacres: More trouble for Obasanjo, Danjuma as nation wants ex-leaders banned from US, UK

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The United States of America, United Kingdom and others hold been asked to confine entry of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and TY Danjuma, erstwhile Minister of Defence as a consequence for their alleged involvement in mass killings and detention of blameless inhabitants that took location below scores of guises when they held sway.

Policing Nigeria Awareness Initiative, who made this exclaim in a letter addressed to the Embassy of the United States of America, the United Kingdom and others specifically pointed out the massacres of blameless Nigerians in Zaki Biam, Benue State and Odi plot of Beyalsa throughout the Obasanjo-led government.

This exclaim came barely solitary week subsequent the Good Governance Advocacy Project, a Civil Society Organization had called on the United Nations and International Criminal Court, ICC, to enquire, probe Obasanjo and Danjuma for their alleged involvement in war crimes and other offences against humanity that took location at scores of times between 1999 and 2007.

The letter signed by High Chief Amb Egbe Akparakwu, Executive Director of the nation and obtained by our reporter on Tuesday, alleged that below the Obasanjo administration and with T.Y Danjuma as Minister of Defence, Nigeria experienced arbitrary detention and killing of blameless Nigerians below scores of guises.

The nation in the letter made reference to a revelation by a former associate of ex-President Obasanjo, Mr. Richard Odusanya, who alleged that the former chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees was in rate of a killer squad that was formed below the military regime of behind Gen. Sani Abacha.

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According to Odusanya, the squad was used for political assassinations and was responsible for the unresolved killings of politicians below Obasanjo administration.

Part of the letter read, “As a flashback, throughout the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo in October 2001, the then Minister of Defence, T.Y Danjuma, ordered the military invasion of a nation in Benue State, where thousands of populace were killed and burnt beyond thankfulness. These blameless persons including women and brood no doubt part the same confidence with TY Danjuma.

“In 1999, over 2500 civilians were killed by the military below T.Y Danjuma in Odi borough in Bayelsa kingdom. Odi is another predominant Christian nation in the Niger-Delta spot of Nigeria with a less than 1 pee cent of the populace as Muslims. All these explain TY Danjuma and his former boss disposition towards humanity and their delight to shed blameless blood at any slightest possibility.

“In addition, below Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria witnessed an unprecedented government masterminded political killings. This much was confirmed by a secure associate who worked closely with him.

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“Among those who were politically murdered throughout Obasanjo administration included, the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, and South-South politicians, Chief Harry Marshall, Chief A.K. Dikibo, a former Senatorial Candidate of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, in Imo State, Uche Orji, Arc Layi Balogun, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, UNN, Prof Chimere Ikoku, former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, in Anambra State, Chief Barnabas Igwe and his wife, Chief Victor Nwankwo of Fourth Dimension Publishers and Chief Funso Williams. All these Nigerians are populace that part the same devout confidence with both Obasanjo and TY Danjuma yet we’re killed below circumstances that are fairly familiar to the two men.

“It is also essential for emphasis to be made that Under Obasanjo’s civilian rule, the massacres at Odi in Bayelsa State and Zaki Biam in Benue State where women and brood were slaughtered, there has been no accountability. No solitary has been charged for this mass homicide of blameless populace despite several petitions so far submitted by scores of groups and organizations calling for justice.

“There was also a enormous rise in harassment and intimidation of Human Rights Activists below the administration of Olusegun Obasanjo. Arrests, Torture and some cases systematic killings of youngster activists in the Niger Delta were rife. The arbitrary detention and following torture of Comrade Sunny Ofehe, member Coalition for the Niger Delta Campaign (CNDC), and Mr. Oladeji Odukoya, a member of the Delta Youth Development Council (DYDC), is a lucid testament of the government employ of energy to silence its critics. Many of these hold changed in fresh times to pave routine for a realm where democratic principles are being entrenched.

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“Consequent upon the fact that the couple of Olusegun Obasanjo and T.Y Danjuma hold through their actions and inaction dedicated crimes and at rest committing crimes against humanity, we solicit that a propel bar is imposed on Olusegun Obasanjo and T.Y Danjuma into your realm as a sanction for promoting war crimes pending the determination of our actions in front of the International Criminal Court.

“It is also our prayer that the duo of Olusegun Obasanjo and T.Y Danjuma that have brought sorrow and tears to countless families be made to face the full wrath of the law. We implore your governments to raise these issues before the United Nations to serve as deterrent to other world leaders who abuse their office and those who might be preparing the new grounds for crimes against humanity.”

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