- A new report has called on the federal government to ensure Nigeria exits the Rome Statue
- The report said the government must assure the military that it is insulated from the ICC in its operations and rules of engagement
- The federal government is also expected to activate the necessary steps for Nigeria to exit the Rome Statute
The Nigerian government have been advised to exit the Rome Statue and its creation, the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The advice was made at the end of an International Conference on Human Rights and Armed Conflict in Nigeria.
At a recent conference organised in Abuja by Global Amnesty Watch in conjunction with the Institute for African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, participants agreed that the government must assure the military that it is insulated from the ICC in its operations and rules of engagement.
The communiques signed by Mutillah Olasupo, the chairman of the drafting committee, said a special task team should be set up to review and respond to any report emanating from Amnesty International or their associates.
According to Olasupo, the federal government is expected to activate the necessary steps for Nigeria to exit the Rome Statute
Olasupo said: "We demand that the Federal Government immediately activate the necessary steps for Nigeria to exit the Rome Statute and its creation, the International Criminal Court, to ensure that the military can fight terrorism without the cloak of blackmail constantly hanging over them.
The Government must in the interim assure the military that it is insulated from the International Criminal Court in view of its operations meeting international standard of rules of engagement.
The International Criminal Court is constantly used to harass and intimidate military commanders and troops to discourage them from being committed to defeating Boko Haram. The myriads of false reports from Amnesty International and other groups usually have built in texts that threaten military personnel with arraignment for war crimes and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court.
"It was noted that South Africa, Burundi, Kenya and the Gambia are countries that have taken different steps towards exiting the court created by the Rome Statute because of its confirmed selective justice and usage as a tool for modern day colonialism," the communique said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the coalition of civil society groups against terrorism in Nigeria have asked International right group, Amnesty International (AI) to quit its operation in the county or face a possible mass action by the Nigerian.
The group described the AI's operation as “covert and clandestine operations of the AI meant to undermine Nigeria’s National security and foreign policies, through deliberate inciting and false allegations against the Nigerian Military."
The convener of the group, comrade Odeyemi Oladimeji said the organisation embolden activities of terror groups such as Boko Haram by continuously portraying the Nigerian security agencies as the aggressors.
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