$9.3m arms deal: Group petitions UN Secretary General

Ban Ki Moon2From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

A Non-Governmental Organization, ‘Nigeria Unite group’ based in New York has petitioned the Secretary General of the United Nation Mr., Bank Ki Moon to set up an independent investigation into the 9.3 million US dollars arm deal allegedly involving the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor and two Israelis.

According to the petition dated 25th September, 2014 and made available to newsmen in Kaduna by the Arewa Citizens Action for Change (ACAC), the Nigeria Unite group said, “predicated on the justifiable concept of the ‘responsibility to protect’, and the complementary role of the UN and its agencies; Aware that crimes against humanity is being committed daily on innocent citizens in Nigeria; Convinced that the Nigerian government has constantly downplayed or denied the degree of complicity of some of its agents, we, The NIGERIA UNITE GROUP do hereby write to urge the United Nations to urgently intervene in investigating this matter as every narrative and evidence so far points to criminality and foul play.”

The petition signed by Francis John and Dr. Muhammed B.Husseini of the international secretariat averred that, “It is a common knowledge that since the beginning of 2010, more than 10,000 people have been killed mostly civilians, including women and children and hundreds of thousands have been displaced as a result of the unending insurgency bedeviling Nigeria.

“We demand for a full, urgent and independent investigation by the UN into the $9.3 million dollar arms deal which is both suspicious and flawed by all international standards of arms sales.

“We demand a full an independent UN investigation into the questions of those named as the sponsors of the Boko Haram insurgency. The group further stressed that what is more challenging is the fact

that the Nigerian government has shown lackluster attitude in decisively confronting this situation and has in most cases denied the gravity of the challenge and the sufferings of its civilians, leaving many communities in agony, trauma and devastation.

The group alleged that such act is a total violation of the principles enshrined in the global Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), adding that the explanations given by the two Nigerians and one Israeli arrested by the South African investigators is ‘flawed and riddled with discrepancies’.

The Nigeria Unite group said the call became necessary because despite the various reports against its agencies on human right abuses and the corruption in the army hierarchy which has continuously sabotaged the fight against Boko Haram, the Nigerian government has always come out vehemently to deny these allegations instead of investigating them, “hence, we have reason to believe that only the international community can investigate these issues for the sake of security and posterity of the innocent Nigerian people killed or violated every day.”, it stated.


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