…raises N15m to prosecute alleged culprits
By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJAâ€”The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, weekend, said it has written to the special adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Prevention of Genocide and African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights, asking for an urgent investigation into the recurrent disturbances in Jos.
The NBA said it has also set-up a committee to monitor the trial of the 80 persons charged to court for the January 17 mayhem.
Chairman ofÂ the NBA Human Rights Institute, NBA-HRI, Mr. Ikeazor Akaraiwe, who made this disclosure while briefing newsmen, said the organisation has further raised about N15 million to ensure that the criminal case initiated against the 80 accused persons was prosecuted to its logical conclusion.
According to him, â€œin furtherance of the fact-finding mission and the nature and scale of the atrocities in Jos, the NBA came to the view that the situation requires international attention and assistance.
â€œUnder the mandate of NEC, the NBA-HRI has written to invite the African Commission on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights, the Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake an urgent mission of investigation and assistance to Jos, especially as the recurrent crises in that region is beginning to assume genocide dimensions.
â€œIn the first four months of this year alone, over 1,000 persons were estimated to have been killed in Jos.
â€œOne of the regrettable things in Jos is the lack of political will to bring suspects to book. Since the outbreak of the first violence in 1994, is it not scandalous that there has been no trial of even one alleged miscreant? The NBA has, therefore, set-up a monitoring committee to monitor the trials of the 80 alleged miscreants so far charged and we are in the process of procuring certified true copies of the charge sheets.
â€œIt is important that the perpetrators of the atrocities in Jos should be identified and punished in accordance with the law and to facilitate this, proper investigation is required to identify and collect evidence and establish the truth of what has happened.
â€œThe people and victims in Jos deserve the truth as to what has happened to their communities and their loved ones and government has the responsibility to take every step within its powers to ensure that this happens.
â€œTo assist this assignment, the NBA-HRI has raised about N15 million from the Open Society Justice Initiative, OSJI, for a joint project onÂ Jos crisis,â€ he stated.