Captain Umar “Blade” Aliyu (Rtd) has urged security operatives in the country to use feedback from previous insurgencies to solve the challenges presently faced in the country.
Captain Umar, who described the Nasarawa attack as gruesome also said the situation in the country is “awesome and daunting”.
He said “I get excited when these things happen because despite the gruesome nature of these developments here-in lies rich feedback”.
“If something of the nature of Baga happens, the feedback you are getting is we are nt doing something right and believe you me within these scenarios as they occur lies rich opportunity for us to come out wiser, stronger, better.If only we go to the debris of the waste and damage and sort things out”
He blamed security operatives of not using the previous experiences to prepare for the unforseen despite having a rich history of crisis.
He called for a paradigm shift from “pursuing crime to leading crime”.
He also said the crime fighters have lacked behind in growth as the “Crime sector has seen a hyperinflation of crime”.
He wondered why the crime sector has grown leaving the security agents behind.
Aliyu said it is not about the number of guns and bullets purchased but the security agents themselves.
Explaining the paradigm shift further, Aliyu said “We have to do it differently.f we keep doing it thesame way, we get thesame results”.
He charged the operatives to look at new ways of fighting crime and ending the insurgency that has rocked the nation.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to begin its own investigations into the killing of civilians in the northern region of Baga, Borno state.
The Executive Director, SERAP, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni who made this known in a press statement released to Channels Television disclosed that the organisation had “sent an urgent request to the Prosecutor of the ICC, Fatou Bensouda, urging her to facilitate the visit of the court to the troubled region.
Many conflicting reports have emerged concerning the actual events of the face-off between members of the Joint Task Force and the Boko Haram insurgency which led to the loss of lives and properties.
SERAP has now called for a “visit of the court to Baga in Borno State of Nigeria and other parts of the country in order for the court to assess the situation, interview important witnesses and collect vital evidence that can be used to bring suspected perpetrators to justice for international crimes.”
In the statement disclosed that a request dated 3 May 2013 and signed by Solicitor to SERAP Femi Falana, SAN, the organisation expressed concerns over the matter and warned that suspected perpetrators may escape justice if action isn’t taken immediately. “Unless the ICC urgently visit Baga and other parts of the country to assess the situation, interview witnesses and obtain vital evidence suspected perpetrators may escape justice.” SERAP stated.
The organisation further described the criminal justice system in Nigeria as ‘weak’ and added that conflicting reports submitted by Government instituted panels will lead nowhere except the court intervenes.
“Further, while the National Human Rights Commission is currently probing the alleged violations of international law in Baga, we remain concerned that given the antecedents of successive governments to ignore reports and recommendations of national agencies and institutions in situations like this, we are convinced that intervention by the ICC will significantly complement the probe by the commission, as it will bring international pressure to bear on the government to honour any recommendations that might come out of the commission’s findings.” The statement read.
The Arewa Consultative Forum has condemned last week’s massacre of citizens in Baga, Borno state where more than 20 people lost their lives.
In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mr. Anthony Sani, the ACF called for a thorough investigation of the incident by the government in view of the different accounts of the same violence, in order to get the real facts.
According to the forum, the violence comes at a time when talks of amnesty leading to constructive dialogue is expected to stop hostilities and bring an end to the untold hardship brought about by destruction of lives and properties.
“To this end the ACF appealed to dr. Ahmad Datti and Mr. Shehu Sani to reconsider, their withdrawal from the Boko Haram amnesty committee in the interest of the north.
The forum believes that both the government and the governed must avoid generalizations that are not well informed by hard facts and asked Nigerians and the media to be wary of half-truths.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has claimed that the killing of about 185 people, in Baga, Borno State, “may constitute crimes against humanity which should attract the attention of the International Criminal Court (ICC).”
According to the opposition party, the federal government should be investigated by the ICC because it is “either unwilling or unable to prosecute those involved, going by precedence.
“Either unwilling or unable to prosecute these crimes, despite the deceptive assurances by those at the helm, hence the ICC must immediately beam its search-light on the situation in Nigeria.”
The party made this known in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, where the party argued that “far beyond the justifiable call for a judicial commission of inquiry into the Baga massacre, it is time for leaders under whose watch these killings are being perpetrated, to be held to account.”
The ACN noted that “the killings in Baga, like previous ones in the areas where Boko Haram and the military Joint Task Force (JTF) have been engaged in clashes, are undoubtedly a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population – the definition of crimes against humanity which is one of the four groups of crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC.”
Noting that similar large scale extra judicial killing that occurred in Odi in Bayelsa State and Zaki-Biam in Benue State occurred before 1 July 2002, when the Rome Statute setting up the ICC came into force, ACN argues that “the killings in the north, especially at Baga, fall within the temporal jurisdiction of the global court.”
The party blamed President Goodluck Jonathan, for the Baga killings for “failing to distinguish between support for security agencies battling the insurgents in the north and the incitement of the same forces against civilians who are caught in the cross fire.”
”When the President issued his tactless vituperation against community leaders, and by extension hapless civilians, during his visit to Borno and Yobe States, we warned that he was further victimising the victims of the insurgents’ attack. That action helped to set the stage for the mindless massacre in Baga,” the party said.
It is estimated that about 3,000 lives have being claimed in the violent insurgency which started in 2008, following the killing of Boko Haram’s leader by Nigeria’s security operatives.
According to the ACN, those engaged in the killings, including the Boko Haram sect, “cannot and must not get away with these heinous crimes” the party insisted.
It also noted the only reasons that the killing and maiming of innocent citizens have continued unabated in Nigeria is because such killings in the past as in Odi and Zaki Biam, went unpunished.
”Enough is enough! Even in countries at war, innocent citizens are not being daily mowed to death either by insurgents or state forces, as we are experiencing in Nigeria. It is clear that the Nigerian government is” the party declared.
Meanwhile, the ACN has urged the National Assembly to investigate how troops from foreign countries became part of the JTF troops battling the insurgents in the north
The party said this is important to find out who authorized the deployment of foreign troops in Nigeria and what their mandates are.
”We know that international troop deployments are authorized at sub-regional, continental or global levels. It is therefore important to find which body authorized the deployment of foreign troops to Nigeria, the same troops that are now said to have participated in killing and maiming of innocent Nigerian citizens,” it said.