- Odi Invasion Judment: Beyond Monetary Compensation!
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC has called for the prosecution of former president Olusegun Obasanjo for the crime of Genocide.
The party in a statement on Monday, said that; “On 20th November, 1999, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, then President ofNigeria, authorized the invasion and subsequent destruction of Odi community in Bayelsa state by the soldiers of the Nigerian Army.After more than twelve years of delayed justice, the Nigerian High Court Judge, Justice Lambo Akanbi, had described the invasion as genocidal, reckless, brutish and gross violation of the rights of the victims to life and ownership of property.”
Adding further the party said, that the learned Judge ordered the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay N37.6 Billion as compensation to the victims. In 2001, the same PDP-led regime of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, ordered the invasion of Zaki-biam, a community in Benue state, by soldiers with the same malevolent intent as the Odi invasion.
“Indeed, in a decided case in July 2007, the Federal Government was ordered to pay N4.8 Billion as compensation to the victims. Undoubtedly, it is clear from these two decided cases that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo harboured sadistic and malevolent intent in dealing with the two Nigerian communities. In the judgment on the class suit No.FHC/PH/CP/11/2000 on the Odi invasion, Justice Lambo Akanbi ruled that the attack on the people of Odi was genocidal, reckless, brutish and a gross violation of the rights of the victims to life and to ownership of property,” CPC said.
Citing Article 5(1a) of the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), genocide is a crime under the jurisdictional purview of the Court. The part y said that, Furthermore, Article 6 (a-c) of the same statute reads thus: For the purpose of this Statute, “genocide” means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part. Undoubtedly, at the time of these infractions, the Nigerian State was not in a state of war with these communities.
“Indeed, the action typified the impunity and excessive show of executive recklessness that PDP-led regimes have evinced in the thirteen years of the Nation’s latest acceptance of democratic governance. The various PDP-led regimes have given wider meaning to the use of the military to include over-militarization of the electoral process for the purpose of gaining undue advantage over the opposition,” it said.
“As a Party, it is our belief that there is no amount of monetary compensation that can fully assuage the sense of colossal loss of these hapless communities, whose rights to life was indecently trampled upon by the PDP-led Federal Government of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. It is equally our belief that, with the establishment of the intent and content of the invasion as genocidal, the course of Justice is best served if the head of the government at the material time, that is, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is formally arraigned before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the crime of genocide.”
“The wider implication of the arraignment shall be the institution of constitutional order and decency among the ruling elite so that the inalienable rights of the people to personal liberty and justice shall remain sacrosanct,” the party lamented.
Nonsense! CPC if u pple think u r on top of the situation and taking it right, u hv failed to me fa fa fa foul. Nobody heard this trash. Hausa man fighting for a river’s man down here in bayelsa. Lie lie. Why are u pple not fighting for the biafrans and igbos massacred in the north before and after independent. More than 3million lives. U r crying foul for just thousands of live lost yesterday… U pple shld go and rest joor. Federal gvt will pay them money, is it not what they ruled in court?