Ambassadorial portfolios can’t stop ex-service chiefs’ prosecution at ICC —PDP

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Segun Adewole

The Peoples Democratic Party has slammed lawmakers of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the Senate for clearing the former service chiefs for ambassadorial portfolios.

The PDP in a statement on Friday said the APC leadership in the Senate cleared the former service chiefs “despite reports of crime against humanity committed under their command.”

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The party, however, insisted that the clearance will not stop the investigation and possible prosecution of the accused commanders by the International Criminal Court for crime against humanity, saying preliminary steps have already commenced by the ICC.

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The PDP said, “It is indeed horrendous that the APC leadership in the @NGRSenate could choose to betray Nigerians by rushing to clear the accused ex-service chiefs in a desperate attempt to grant them diplomatic immunity and shield them from investigation and prosecution for the atrocities committed against Nigerians under their command.

“Though it is public knowledge that the current APC @NGRSenate leadership is a mere rubber stamp and contrivance being used to endorse atrocious policies and suppress the will of the people, but descending to the level of aiding and abetting crime against humanity by attempting to confer diplomatic immunity on the accused ex-commanders is, to say the least, despicable.

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“It is indeed shameful that the PDP leadership in the @NGRSenate could clear the ex-service chiefs, who the @nassnigeria had earlier indicted and requested for their sack over security failures and alleged compromises.

“Such reward of failure amounts to stabbing our nation in the back.”

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The PDP said the decision by the APC leadership in the Senate has painted the entire National Assembly in a bad light before Nigerians and the international community.

“Already, the development is pitching the Senate against the majority of Nigerians, particularly the victims of acts of terrorism as well as those of the reported extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions in dehumanizing camps, massacre of peaceful protesters, torture, rape and other atrocities allegedly committed under the ex-commanders, as detailed in the reports of credible international bodies including the United States Department of State, @amnesty and @anticorruption,” the party said.

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The PDP, however, commended its members in the Senate for rejecting the clearance of the former service chiefs as ambassadors and urged them not to relent in taking legislative steps to ensure their recall.

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