Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) has intercepted a trending and disturbing video online, in which soldiers of the Nigerian army are seen in the video, marching two (2) harmless civilians into a location for execution, over the simple offense of coming out during curfew as heard from one of the soldiers.
As the heart breaking video proceeded, the two harmless citizens were seen being gunned down by 3 soldiers who were also celebrating the heinous crime against humanity.
In the trending video, the soldiers didn’t just gun down the harmless citizens after leveling all sorts of unsubstantiated allegations against them; they also gunned down their donkeys, firing more than 30 shots in the process.
We regret to say that this gruesome extra-judicial killings of innocent citizens is unfortunate and unacceptable, as it is counterproductive to our quest for peace and justice
This unfortunate exposure came out barely a week after the International Criminal Court (ICC) accused the Nigerian Army of crimes against humanity. The ICC had stated in its latest report that it received a total of 169 petitions from Nigeria which it assessed and concluded based on the assessment that security forces in Nigeria committed war crimes varying from murder, torture, and intentionally attacking the civilian population.
While the Nigerian army had denied any wrong doing, this new video doesn’t support that position.
Foundation for Peace Professionals (FPP) is therefore calling for the immediate arrest of all the soldiers identified in the video. We also call for proper investigation into this matter and urge the authorities to put in place measures to prevent re-occurrence of similar act.
Abdulrazaq O Hamzat
Foundation for Peace Professionals