Falana Drags Dasuki, Others to ICC

Angered by the monumental loot that took place under the watch of the former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd), Lagos human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has dragged Dasuki and other prominent Nigerians being probed in connection with arms deal, before the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Falana petitioned the ICC, requesting it to “investigate allegations of crimes against humanity committed against the Nigerian people by some former and serving military as well public officials and private persons who engaged in the criminal diversion of $8 billion earmarked to procure equipment for the armed forces to fight insurgency”.
The petition dated 19 January 2016 was sent to the Prosecutor of the ICC Mrs. Fatou Bensouda.
The Lagos – based lawyer said, “We are a firm of civil rights lawyers based in Lagos, Nigeria. We are the defence counsel for the majority of the members of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Nigeria who were charged with mutiny, cowardly behavior and sundry offences before the courts-martial instituted by the former military authorities. As we shall demonstrate anon, the only “offence” proved against our clients in the military courts was that they had the temerity to demand for weapons to fight the well-equipped troops of the Boko Haram sect.”
Falana had called for the reinstatement of soldiers convicted for mutiny in the wake of revelations emanating from the $2.1bn arms scandal involving Dasuki and other former public officials who served under the previous administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Some of the affected army officials had been reinstated and recalled.
Falana, who made references to the damning revelations from the probe into the arms fund said, “On account of the deliberate refusal of the former military authorities to equip and motivate the members of the armed forces involved in combat operations the insurgents have killed about 25,000 soldiers and civilians including children and displaced over 2,000,000 people. Having compromised the security of the people of Nigeria by collaborating with the terrorists the former military authorities deliberately encouraged the brutal killing of innocent people including ill-equipped officers and soldiers.”

Author: News Editor

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