Fayose urges ICC, others to probe ex-service chiefs for rights violations, extrajudicial killings

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The former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other relevant authorities to begin the immediate probe of the tenure of the former service chiefs.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the service chiefs and appointed four military officers to succeed them.

The new service chiefs are – Major-Gen. Leo Irabor (Chief of Defence Staff), Major-Gen. I. Attahiru (Chief of Army Staff), Rear Admiral A.Z. Gambo (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air-Vice Marshal I.O. Amao (Chief of Air Staff).

Fayose, who reacted to the appointment of the new service chiefs on his official Twitter handle, urged the Hague-based court to probe the former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin, ex-Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the immediate past Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, and the former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas, for alleged human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings under their watch.

The ex-governor also accused the ex-service chiefs of serving Nigeria with pecuniary gains and exposed the citizens to Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements.

He said: “The new service chiefs should learn from their immediate predecessors and remember nothing lasts forever.

“It is my call to the ICC and other relevant authorities that the tenure of the ‘sacked’ service chiefs should be investigated, most importantly human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings under their watch and commands.

“The sacked service chiefs only served themselves and their pockets and can at best be described as ‘Disservice Chiefs’ under whom Nigeria became completely insecure.

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“Though coming after persistent pressure from Nigerians, President Buhari’s removal of the service chiefs and their replacement is a right step in the right direction.

“It is yet another victory for the people of Nigeria.”

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