Nigerians in Diaspora Threaten to Sue IHRC over Army-Shi’ite Clashes Report

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Senator Iroegbu in Abuja

The Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (UK Chapter) has threatened legal action against the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) over what it described as an attempt by the Commission to blackmail the Nigerian Army and impose an Islamic caliphate in the country.

The UK Representative of the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group, Mr. Adeka Onyilo, conveyed their stand against IHRC’s submission to ICC.

Onyilo recalled in a statement made available on Tuesday by the Head of communications, Nigeria in Diaspora, UK, Mr. Richard Adewusi,  that the IHRC had in its report on the Army-Shiite Clash claimed that over 1,000 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) also known as Shi’ite sect were killed during last December clash with the military in Zaria.

He said: “Patriotic Nigerians will not sit and watch while the Islamic rights group tries to blackmail the Nigerian Army, discredit the Federal Government of Nigeria and stigmatise the citizens as people with no respect for rule of law”.

Onyilo who is a British born Nigerian said the group has followed the development back at home with keen interest and wondered why prominent Nigerians trained with Nigeria’s resources could have become members of such groups used to blackmail the Nigerian government.

He said  “claims by the ICHR that at least 1,000 unarmed civilians mostly IMN members were killed by gunshots attributed to soldiers shows how desperate they are to peddle lies against the Nigerian state.”

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