IMO KILLINGS: HURIWA Raises Alarm, Says Nigerian Military Committing War Crimes In South East State


A popular rights organization in the country, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has alleged that the Nigerian Army was perpetrating ” serious and egregious war crimes” against the people of Imo State.

In a press release on Tuesday, HURIWA pointed out that the affairs of the Nigerian Army in the Eastern heartland, Imo State, would be formally challenged both internationally and locally as soon as possible.

The statement by HURIWA decried the planned arson and carnage that accompanied the murder of an army officer by some hoodlums in Imo State on Monday.

The group made reference to the killing of a military officer in Awo Mmamma, Oru East LGA by some unidentified gunmen on Monday.

It said that the Nigerian Army in retaliation, started burning houses, cars, hotel and shops.

The rights group said the behavior of ” soldiers shows a pattern of apartheid styled vicious attacks against Igbo by the Nigerian Army largely commanded by Generals who are Moslems and Hausa/Fulani. ”

HURIWA stated that there was no reprisal attacks when bandits shut down a military Jet in Zamfara State.

According to HURIWA: ” We will work out modalities to challenge these war crimes either here in Nigeria or in the International Criminal Court in The Hague Netherlands soon. We will organise protests to major embassies soon” .

” The invasion of some military soldiers at Ishieke junction which resulted in the burning down of hotels, cars, houses and shops of innocent citizens of Ishieke in Imo State is highly condemnable and infringement on their constitutional rights.

” According to section 33, 34, 41 and 43 of the 1999 constitution as amended which states as follows?

” 33. (1) Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.

” (2) A person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his life in contravention of this section, if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by law, of such force as is reasonably necessary–

” (a)for the defence of any person from unlawful violence or for the defence of property:

” (b) in order to effect a lawful arrest or to prevent the escape of a person lawfully detained; or (c) for the purpose of suppressing a riot, insurrection, or mutiny.

” 33. (1) Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person, and accordingly– (a) no person shall be subject to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment;

” (b) no person shall he held in slavery or servitude; and (c) no person shall be required to perform forced or compulsory labour.

(2) for the purposes of subsection (1) (c) of this section, ” forced or compulsory labour” does not include–

(a) any labour required in consequence of the sentence or order of a court;

(b) any labour required of members of the armed forces of the Federation or the Nigeria Police Force in pursuance of their duties as such;

(c) in the case of persons who have conscientious objections to service in the armed forces of the Federation, any labour required instead of such service;

(d) any labor required which is reasonably necessary in the event of any emergency or calamity threatening the life or well- being of the community; or

(e) any labor or service that forms part of–

(i) normal communal or other civic obligations of the wellbeing of the community.

(ii) such compulsory national service in the armed forces of the Federation as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly, or

(iii) such compulsory national service forms part of the education and training of citizens of Nigeria as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly.

  1. (1) Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof, and no citizen of Nigeria shall be expelled from Nigeria or refused entry thereby or exit therefrom.

(2) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall invalidate any law that is reasonably justifiable in a democratic society-

(a) imposing restrictions on the residence or movement of any person who has committed or is reasonably suspected to have committed a criminal offense in order to prevent him from leaving Nigeria; or

(b) providing for the removal of any person from Nigeria to any other country to: –

(i) be tried outside Nigeria for any criminal offense, or

(ii) undergo imprisonment outside Nigeria in the execution of the sentence of a court of law in respect of a criminal offense of which he has been found guilty:

Provided that there is a reciprocal agreement between Nigeria and other countries in relation to such matter.

  1. Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, every citizen of Nigeria shall have the right to acquire and own immovable property anywhere in Nigeria.


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