The Injustice Against El-Zakzaky and the Shiites, By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz

The most painful thing for me is the culture of silence around this. Yes, Shiites are in the minority and the most unpopular of Muslim populations in northern Nigeria. But is that enough reason for them to be hunted down in this manner? Does anybody think this is okay and normal and nothing will hunt us down the road? Assume that on Saturday, December 12, 2015, the Shiites preparing for a programme at their centre in Zaria did indeed confront the military. Assume that they indeed blocked the road that…

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Why Buhari Is Impotent In The Face Of Buratai’s Glaring Incompetence As COAS

That the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai is a monumental failure is not in doubt. Neither is the President Buhari’s seeming impotence in changing unarguably the worst COAS Nigeria has ever had. The question however is why? Under the command of Buratai, we have witnessed how helpless the Nigerian soldiers are when faced by relatively untrained ragtag Boko Haram and other fighters. We have seen how Soldiers remove their uniforms and take to their heels. We have witnessed an increasing number of deserters from the army like…

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Zaria Massacre Watch: Army Moves Chief Culprit Brig-Gen AK Ibrahim

As a continuation of keeping tabs on the major actors of the infamous Zaria massacre of December 2015, one of the principal culprits of that heinous crime against humanity, Brig.-Gen. A.K. Ibrahim, has been moved from 14 Brigade to Army Headquarters Department of Administration as Deputy Director. Brig-Gen Ibrahim was a Colonel when he played a major role in the vicious attacks that led to the massacre of over a thousand innocent citizens in Zaria in that eventful weekend and the burial of hundreds of the victims in mass graves.…

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Nigerian Army Committed War Crimes Against Humanity, Says ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC) says Nigerian security forces (NSF) have committed war crimes against humanity. In a report sent to TheCable, the ICC said 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…

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Stars On Their Shoulders; Blood On Their Hands

War Crimes Committed By The Nigerian Military An exposé by Amnesty International In the course of security operations against Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria, Nigerian military forces have extrajudicially executed more than 1,200 people; they have arbitrarily arrested at least 20,0001 people, mostly young men and boys; and have committed countless acts of torture. Hundreds, if not thousands, of Nigerians have become victims of enforced disappearance; and at least 7,000 people have died in military detention as a result of starvation, extreme overcrowding and denial of medical assistance. Amnesty International…

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