$9.3 Arms Deal: Group drags Nigerian govt. to International Criminal Court

Former President,  Goodluck Jonathan
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan and members of his cabinet may be forced to a trial at the International Criminal Court, ICC, for ‘complicity’ in the Boko Haram narrative following a non-profit group’s application demanding a United Nations probe.

The United State-based Nigerian group, #NigeriaUnite, in a petition sent to the UN Secretary General on September 25, demanded that the United Nations step in to investigate and ultimately prosecute Nigerian state actors for involvement in the shady $9.3 million arms deal with an unlicensed South African gun runner.

The money is currently held by the South African government on suspicion it was laundered.

The group also wants the ICC to investigate Nigerian politicians who have been named as sponsors of the Boko Haram sect, as well as human rights violations by state actors battling the insurgents in northern Nigeria – the Nigerian security forces have also been indicted by international organisations for violating rights of citizens while claiming terror war.

“The United Nations, as a global body for peace and security must take urgent and holistic measures to investigate these issues for the peace and security of a population that is unjustifiably placed under siege and indiscriminately attacked and displaced,” the group’s petition which has been acknowledged by the UN read in part.

Since Boko Haram began its deadly insurgency in 2010, more than 10,000 Nigerians – mostly civilians, women and children – have been murdered while hundreds of thousands have been displaced.

The group alleges that the Nigerian government have been “lacklustre” in confronting the insurgents, and has in most cases denied the gravity of the challenge, leaving many communities in agony, trauma and devastation.

No trust

A leading member of the group, Solomon Dalung, told PREMIUM TIMES they petitioned the United Nations because of the Jonathan’s administration low trust quotient.

“We can no longer trust the government to investigate and deliver justice,” Mr. Dalung, also a member of the Northern Elder’s forum said. “We are convinced that there is something sinister going on in the government.”

He argued that government’s complicity in the Boko Haram narrative is emphasized by the President’s inability to act on a report by its Boko Haram negotiator, Stephen Davies, that indicted a top member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party, Ali Modu Sheriff, and a former Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, as sponsors of the sect.

The Rome Statute – the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court – stipulates that the ICC can step in to investigate and prosecute crimes bordering on genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression if a government is unwilling or unable to investigate.

The group argues that Boko Haram’s trajectory is a crime against humanity and that the Nigerian government’s “refusal” to investigate and prosecute sponsors of the group leaves justice in the hands of ICC.

The petition will be subjected to hearings and investigations before the ICC presses charges.

The Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is currently facing charges including genocide and crimes against humanity at the ICC.

The Nigerian president’s office could not be reached for comments. Telephone calls to his spokesman, Reuben Abati, were neither answered nor returned.


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  • Giganto

    The beginning of many things to come in the foreseeable future…stay tuned!

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Quite a good step and reasonable action by the concerned Nigerian group.Truly,what did the S9.3 million dollars and S5.7 million dollars illegally smuggled into South Africa really meant for? Nigerians and the World must be told why state funds totalled S15 million dollars were smuggled into South Africa.For what arms.Nigeria as a sovereign state could purchase arms and ammunitions including other weapons directly and pay directly through CBN money transfer to pay for arms/helicopters worth billions of dollars which rendered the explanation of intent-to-buy-arms untenable.That S15 million dollars were smuggled into South Africa purposely for the purchase of personal property for president Ebele Jonathan not arms-it was purely money-launering-crime.Nigerians should stop being fools.

  • Tonnero

    The Jonathan (mal)Administration. Stumbling from one crisis to another.

  • tundemash

    Well, i have predicted it before, Dumbo would be the 1st ex. President of Nigeria to be jailed if he is lucky not to be executed for crimes against humanity! Let Dumbo go ICC and tell us the Nigerians on the Ayo “Kanye West” Oritsejafor plane.
    Reno’s e-rats are not here yet to put ethnic and religious colouration on this noble move by these guys .

    • Guguru

      The whole idea that they could not be caught was something I found strange and very curious.

  • amazing2012

    Thank you very much, we are in full support.

  • makewedance

    Thank God someone is taking PDP’s ridiculously shameful government out and showing them for who they really are. APC should get in there and effect the type of change we have witnessed in APC governed States in recent times. Like Lagos, Osun and sadly, Ekiti.

  • ND

    ABSOLUTE RUBBISH. Come back home and see devil walking as boko haram in ur back yard. U are taking govt to court for doing it’s job. Nobody has for once talked of holding bokoharam accountable for all the atrocity they have unleashed on their tribesmen and women. Boko haram is 95 percent kanuris and hausa fulani. That’s why it’s easy for any look alike shekau to emerge. They are all kanuris

    • Guguru

      The Nigerian government and/or politicians associated with the Nigerian government, sponsors Boko Haram. So, who do you plan to hold responsible?

  • Guguru

    Impunity has to end somewhere. This is the beginning of the end for impunity in Nigeria.

  • MrFesh

    This useless charge should have been used (the resources to be expended) to intervene in the case of some poor folks in the prison without trial or perhaps make borehole for some village in need of clean portable water.

    Waste of time and resources. Dead on arrival.

    • tundemash

      If the same “resources” that was used in liberating Dumbo from the clucthes of Turai had been used to ” intervene in the case of some poor folks in the prison without trial or perhaps make borehole for some village in need of clean portable water.” “, where would Dumbo be now ?
      YOU ARE A CLOWN !

      And is it your time and resources Solomon Dalung and his group are wasting ? Stop crying more than the bereaved. You have never stood up for anything noble before, even when Turai was “molesting” your Dumbo, what did you do ?

      • MrFesh

        • tundemash

          and i guess words failed you this time ? Or the cheap laptop bought Reno bought you at the amnesty camp hung up?

          • MrFesh

  • True son of the soil

    Although I am no fan of President Jonathan,but I sincerely believe that he is been held captive by some mean people who think Is their time to loot,if not so why on earth would a phd holder define stealing and corruption to be two different things?
    In a sane Eviroment or society,president Goodluck would have been the most suitable,because he is honest but naive .but a nation like ours that is more of an animal farm then humans,we needed a heavy hand tactics to get to the promised land.
    So my take on this,is for the president to sincerely consider his place in History by willing relinquish power to the must suitable person at this time of our development,a person in the mode of alrufia,Ngozi ,peter obi and lot more that I believe he knows their are capability to lift Nigeria and the entire black race from the embarrassment of underdevelopment .
    God less the federal republic of Nigeria.

  • Dapostle007

    LETS ACT NOW TO SECURE OUR FUTURE..OUR STANDARDS ARE BEING JEOPARDIZED JUST BECAUSE OF SELFISH INTEREST AND MOTIVES.. LETS USE OUR BRAINS.. ALL WE WANT IS A CHANGE… APC FOR FEDERAL LEVEL..

  • katalyst

    So in ur opinion people are frightened about a revenge mission? Which means there was (is) an injustice which ordinarily requires vengeance but u feel it is better the Igbos forget. Didn’t this injustice prop up again when in 1999 others ganged up against Alex Ekwueme? The real founder of PDP?

  • demo

    A cocktail of intellectual sophistry and ethnic chauvinism. Leave the Igbo alone to figure out themselves who among their “friends” can best guarantee a fair and equal share for in the Nigerian project. They will get there one day, and soon

  • ChuckleCC

    Instead of elevating the discourse, Mr Jibrin has descended to pedestrian levels.

  • discovalente

    At the point where I read “In the Internet.” I stopped reading. Time wasted cannot be regained.